Starring John Noble as Henrik Ibsen and Hamish Linklater as the sculptor Gustav Vigeland
Posterity is an unexpected, fascinating and brilliant play performed by great actors.
It’s 1901 and as the end of life draws near for great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, the City of Oslo (Kristiana at the time) seeking to commemorate him with a portrait bust, awards the commission to the sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Thus begins a play of titanic struggle between and within – between the playwright and the sculptor, and within their souls.
Both have reasons to want the Ibsen portrait and to distrust it, to hate it. They’re both opinionated, individualistic, and self-centered, and with their own set of agendas. They enrage one another to a fury but respect each other’s intelligence, creating dazzling verbal wordplay.