The Enemy

Greenock, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Perth

Sat 9 October - Sat 6 November | 2021 Scottish Tour


How Much Does Truth Really Matter?

A radical re-imagining of the classic Henrik Ibsen play about truth, power and deception from Kieran Hurley, award-winning playwright and originator of the critically acclaimed Scottish indie film Beats.

In a once great Scottish town, a massive redevelopment project promises to bring money, jobs and new prospects to its forgotten population. However, when Dr Kirsten Stockmann discovers a dangerous secret, she knows she must bring the truth to light – no matter the cost.

A provocative and timely drama about corruption, politics and the media featuring a brooding original soundtrack by Kathryn Joseph and live video, The Enemy is a uniquely Scottish take on Henrik Ibsen’s timeless work.

Written by Kieran Hurley, after Henrik Ibsen’s "An Enemy of the People". Directed by Finn den Hertog.

A National Theatre of Scotland production

5 Stars

The Enemy is possibly the best Scottish play produced in the last decade.'

Theatre Scotland

4 Stars

Ibsen thrust into the social media age

The Guardian

4 Stars

a stunning piece of 21st century theatre

The Scotsman

4 Stars

playfully and powerfully, communicates the immediacy and connectedness of our digital world

The Observer


Creative team



Integrated BSL Interpretation by Amy Cheskin with BSL video performance by Connor Bryson, Audio Description by Emma-Jane McHenry and Captions by Glenda Carson.

Accessible performances

Dundee Rep Theatre, 15 October, 7.30pm - BSL
Dundee Rep Theatre, 16 October, 2.30pm - AD, CAP, Relaxed
King's Theatre Edinburgh, 21 October, 7.30pm - CAP
King's Theatre Edinburgh, 23 October, 2.30pm - AD, BSL
Eden Court, 29 October, 7.30pm - CAP
Eden Court, 30 October, 7.30pm - AD, BSL
Perth Theatre, 5 November, 7.30pm - AD, CAP
Perth Theatre, 6 November, 2.30pm - BSL, Relaxed

For full details, see our access page here.

Audio Flyer

BSL Trailer

Aged 14-26? Theatre for a Fiver tickets available for this production.

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