Introduction. The anecdotic history of John Gabriel Borkman is even scantier than that of Little Eyolf. It is true that two mentions of it occur in Ibsen’s letters, but. German by Marius von Mayenburg; based on the translation by Sigurd Ibsen The banker John Gabriel Borkman has not left his first-floor apartment since he. John Gabriel Borkman is the penultimate play of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, written in The Borkman family fortunes have.

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The banker John Gabriel Borkman has not left his first-floor apartment since he was released from prison.

During the night he will sometimes slip quietly down the stairs, but he never ventures past the blrkman door, where he stops, reflects, and eventually returns to his self-imposed imprisonment. Inside his room, he paces back and forth, laying plans for his return to society.


His wife, Gunhild, hates him, and lives below him on the ground floor.

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He married her for gagriel money, but in a set of bold transactions he managed to lose her entire fortune along with that of his other clients. His resulting prison sentence made the situation even more humiliating for her: Ella is terminally ill.

He is now supposed to come back to see her in the city, to be with her at her deathbed. But Gunhild has other plans with her son: Borkman himself has plans for his son: Gerhard is still a student and only beginning to take his first, independent steps in life. All the expectations heaped upon him suddenly threaten to become overwhelming.

One night Ella appears. She is prepared to carry out her conflict with her sister to the end, and demands a decision from Erhart.

Finally Borkman leaves his room for the first time, in order to take part in the fight for his son. His own personal gains are actually secondary to him, though; rather, he thinks in broad strokes about human progress. He is willing to walk over corpses, if need beand to sacrifice his own love.


He honors money as if it were a force of nature, which exists above human law and order. Ibsen describes the comet-like rise and fall of a man, as well as the crater left behind after impact: There is, however, a desperate hope remaining: Thomas Ostermeier Stage design: Jan Pappelbaum Costume design: Marius von Mayenburg Light design: Angela Winkler Fanny Wilton: Cathlen Gawlich Wilhelm Foldal: Spielplan Karten Auf Deutsch.

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