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

Green Design

Did you know that 100% of the set from The Enemy comes from reusable or recycled materials? That inludes bits and pieces that you might recognise from some of our previous productions! In line with the commitments in our Green Plan, we are aiming to ensure that 100% of the materials for our productions come from sustainable sources by 2025. Click below to learn a little bit more about where some of the individual elements originally came from!

Photograph by Mihaela Bodlovic.


    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