With a title like Ghosts, one might be forgiven for thinking that the show at Trafalgar Studios 1 stands up alongside the likes of The Woman in Black as a horror story with a suspenseful plot. However, when Henrik Ibsen sat down to pen what would become one of his most famous works, he was thinking of hauntings of a different kind as a woman fights off the ghosts of her past in the 19th century.
He penned the piece in 1882 and by the 1890s the Norwegian playwright’s production was premiering in the capital. It was an instantly popular play and its damning interpretation of 19th century society and the corrupt morals that governed it proved to be a decisive factor in its longevity. It means that as it returns to the West End following a run at the Almeida Theatre, it is likely to be as popular as ever.
Two of the stars that are featuring in the production are Lesley Manville and Jack Lowden, who have both appeared in numerous popular stage shows and television productions over successful careers. They work under the direction of Richard Eyre.
Eyre is a well known director whose work has spanned the stage and screen. In the former category his work has included Private Lives at the Vaudeville Theatre with Kim Cattrall and Mathew Macfadyen, The Reporter at the National Theatre, Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, La Traviata at the Royal Opera House and Hedda Gabler (another work from Henrik Ibsen) at the Duke of York’s Theatre, among others. For the screen he directed a BBC version of Henry IV Part I and Part II, plus the movies The Other Man and Notes On A Scandal.
Ghosts follows the character of Mrs Alving as she continues her late-husband’s work at an orphanage in 1881. Alving, however, is not distraught at the passing of her husband and his philanthropic ways will not be missed by her as she consigns him to the past. However, her past comes back to haunt her when her son Osvald returns from his travels gripped with syphilis and madly in love with Regina Engstrand. Alving knows more than she is letting on about Engstrand, fearing that her son is in love with someone closer to him that he thinks.
Ghosts opens its doors at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from Tuesday 17th December 2013.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 22nd March 2014|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 22nd March 2014|
|Running Time:||90 minutes|
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