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‘An Enemy of the People,’ Starring Jeremy Strong, Recoups on Broadway

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The Broadway revival of An Enemy of the People, starring Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli, has recouped its $5.5 million capitalization.

The milestone, announced by producers Seaview, Patrick Catullo and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, comes after only about four months on Broadway, with the play breaking the Circle in the Square’s box office record (of $917,008) 16 times. The production began previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Feb. 27 and is set to close June 23.

The production, which opened March 18, has maintained more than 100 percent capacity for the entirety of its run and has grossed more than $1 million most weeks. The average ticket price for the show has generally been around $150, which puts it somewhat on the higher end within the industry, but still well below average ticket prices commanded by shows such as Merrily We Roll Along, which announced the recoupment of its $12 million capitalization in March after about six months on Broadway. 

Recoupment is becoming more of a challenge on Broadway, as costs continue to rise and as key audience sectors have yet to return.

The revival of the Henrik Ibsen play, adapted by Amy Herzog, follows Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Strong) as he tries to warn the town that the local spa water is contaminated, but faces resistance to his reasoning.

The production is directed by Sam Gold, and also features Victoria Pedretti and Caleb Eberhardt. It has been nominated for five Tony Awards, including best revival of a play and best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play by Strong.

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