Ghosts

By Henrik Ibsen. Doug Lucie's new adaptation of one of Ibsen's most controversial plays, the story of a mother and son struggling to come to terms with the past. Directed by Janet Whitaker, with Penelope Wilton (Mrs Helene Alving), Paul Rhys (Oswald Irving), Patrick Malahide (Pastor Manders), Michael Elphick (Jakob Engstrand), and Letitia Dean (Regine Engstrand). Translation by Margaretha Danbolt Simon.

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2013121520150426 (R3)

Henrik Ibsen's provocative tale of family secrets and lies, in a new version adapted and directed by Richard Eyre and featuring the cast of his recent production for the Almeida Theatre.

Helene Alving, a widow, is delighted that her son has returned home to Norway from his artist's life in Paris. The orphanage founded in her husband's name is about to open with the blessing of the local pastor, but there are family secrets and ghosts of the past beneath the surface of her ordered life which are about to come out to devastating effect.

First staged in 1883, Ibsen's play shocked audiences with its themes of illegitimacy, inherited syphilis, religion and feminism and in Richard Eyre's fast-moving adaptation it retains its original power and energy. This production was first directed by Eyre for the Almeida Theatre in London and opened in September 2013 to great acclaim.

Original sound design, John Leonard

Winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award 2013 for Best Director

'a masterpiece of compassion' The Times

'a spell-binding production' The Independent

'Richard Eyre's powerfully intimate version of Ibsen's Ghosts is a triumph' The Observer

'Lesley Manville's magnificent performance' The Guardian

'Richard Eyre's fleet and vivid adaptation' The Daily Telegraph.

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Henrik Ibsen's provocative tale of family secrets and lies, in a new version adapted and directed by Richard Eyre and featuring the cast of his recent production for the Almeida Theatre.

Helene Alving, a widow, is delighted that her son has returned home to Norway from his artist's life in Paris. The orphanage founded in her husband's name is about to open with the blessing of the local pastor, but there are family secrets and ghosts of the past beneath the surface of her ordered life which are about to come out to devastating effect.

First staged in 1883, Ibsen's play shocked audiences with its themes of illegitimacy, inherited syphilis, religion and feminism and in Richard Eyre's fast-moving adaptation it retains its original power and energy. This production was first directed by Eyre for the Almeida Theatre in London and opened in September 2013 to great acclaim.

Original sound design, John Leonard

Winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award 2013 for Best Director

'a masterpiece of compassion' The Times

'a spell-binding production' The Independent

'Richard Eyre's powerfully intimate version of Ibsen's Ghosts is a triumph' The Observer

'Lesley Manville's magnificent performance' The Guardian

'Richard Eyre's fleet and vivid adaptation' The Daily Telegraph.

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