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National Theatre of Scotland return to live touring with apt show about public health crisis

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The National Theatre of Scotland will return to live touring this autumn, for the first time in 18 months, with a new show about a public health crisis.

The Enemy is the first live touring production by NTS since the pandemic began, and will perform in spaces across Scotland, including Greenock, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Perth.

Running from October to November, The Enemy is a contemporary and Scottish reimagining of Henrik Ibsin’s iconic play, The Enemy of the People.

The award-winning team of playwright Kieran Hurley and director Finn den Hertog tells the story of a once-proud Scottish industrial town, where a massive redevelopment project promises to bring money, jobs, and new prospects to its forgotten population.

The new production feels increasingly relevant in 2021.

Set during a public health crisis, The Enemy scrutinises corruption and power amidst a changing media landscape and explores what it means to hold power to account in a post-truth political world.

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of National Theatre of Scotland said: “We are more than thrilled to be returning to live audiences and communities across Scotland this autumn with an exciting new adaption of Ibsen’s The Enemy, adapted by the brilliant theatre-making team of writer Kieran Hurley and director Finn den Hertog.

“It seems entirely fitting that our first post lockdown tour is the show that was in rehearsal when COVID-19 closed Scottish theatres for over 18 months.

“I am both joyful and relieved that the Company is back on the road taking theatre across Scotland, connecting with theatres and audiences again and sharing the unique experience of live performance that we have missed for so long.”

Touring to Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (Preview 9 October), Dundee Rep (Preview 12 October & 13 -16 October); Kings Theatre, Edinburgh (20 – 23 October); Eden Court, Inverness (27 – 30 October); Perth Theatre (3 – 6 November) 

Full tour dates, booking info and social distancing guidance: