The Lady From The Sea

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By Henrik Ibsen

Adapted for radio by Frank McGuinness

This new translation of Ibsen's sensuous and erotic play The Lady From The Sea has been adapted by Frank McGuinness and stars Lia Williams and Hugh Bonneville.

Needing financial security, Ellida Wangel has settled for a life as second wife to a dull, provincial doctor and is stepmother to his two resentful daughters. However, she is still spiritually possessed by the mysterious Stranger, a former sailor-lover, and she is left with a desperate yearning for the sea; the promise and ecstasy of the unknown. When this figure, a blatant representation of unrepressed sexuality, returns to claim her, it forces a crisis in her sterile marriage. This startling arrival stirs her desires and lures her back to the water's edge where she must confront both the past and a desire for the freedom that could destroy her.

McGuinness poses the question is it better to suffocate on dry land or drown in the freedom of the sea? The radio is an ideal medium to explore this notion with a soundscape that depicts in the mind the vast ocean beyond that is waiting to spirit Ellida away. The surprising ending leaves the listener with a warm sense of hope and well-being.

Directed by Hannah Eidinow

A Catherine Bailey Production

First broadcast 01/11/2009.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 01 July 199019900701

Producer: P. KAVANAGH

Description

Henrik IBSEN's drama of Ellida who after a torrid affair with a sailor has settled for marriage to a kind, elderly doctor, but the sailor returns.... With Cheryl CAMPBELL and Michael Gough. Produced by Peter Kavanagh.

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drama programmes (genre)

Broadcast history

01 Jul 1990 19:30-21:30 (RADIO 3)

Contributors

James Greene (Actor)

Simon Treves (Actor)

Vincent Brimble (Actor)

Michael Gough (Actor)

Cheryl Campbell (Actor)

Jane Slavin (Actor)

Saskia Reeves (Actor)

Niall Buggy (Actor)

Henrik Ibsen (Author)

Peter Kavanagh (Producer)

Robert Ferguson (tr)

Recorded on 1990-06-01.

20091101

A new version of Ibsen's late drama, adapted for radio by Frank McGuinness.

Before her marriage to Dr Wangel, Ellida, his second wife, had promised herself to a sailor who then disappeared.

Years later, Ellida's family life is strained.

Her relations with her step-daughters is poor; she has no child of her own.

She seems unhappy with her life.

Then the sailor reappears to make his claim on her promise.

Faced with the decision of what to do, she persuades her husband that she must have the chance to make her choice

With Lia Williams as Ellida, and also featuring Hugh Bonneville, Katherine Parkinson, Ellie Kendrick, Tim McMullan, Sam Crane, Geoffrey Whitehead and Christopher Obi.

Directed by Hannah Eidinow.

Lia Williams stars in a new version of Ibsen's late sensuous drama.