Ghosts – at the Almeida

“Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father.

“But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving’s dissolute life.

“Lesley Manville leads the cast as Helene in Richard Eyre’s new adaptation of Ibsen’s play. One of Britain’s most respected actresses, Lesley Manville was last seen on stage in the National Theatre’s 2012 production of Grief. Her recent screen credits include May Day (BBC) and the Mike Leigh film Another Year, for which she won numerous awards.

“Richard Eyre’s most recent production for the Almeida was last year’s acclaimed The Dark Earth and the Light Sky. He previously directed Hedda Gabler in 2005, which he also adapted. His recent stage productions include Quartermaine’s Terms (Wyndham’s Theatre) and The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre).” – from the Almeida website

“It is by far and away the best work I have ever seen at the [Almeida] theatre... The harrowing portrait of a family coming to terms with its past has a message that remains universal... The performances are quite simply breathtaking... Theatre seldom, if ever, comes greater than this. ★★★★★ – Telegraph

“Using his own sharp adaptation, Eyre’s spell-binding production builds to its shattering climax in an unbroken 90-minute arc. The play’s emotional daring and dark humour are conveyed with matchless immediacy, the dialogue sounding fresh and new-minted without ever lapsing into anachronism … the superb Manville is a subtle and searching Mrs Alving.” – Independent

“Richard Eyre’s Ghosts hammers at the heart... Eyre’s production is above all profoundly intimate, proving with intensity the stranglehold the past can exert. It is immediately evident that this will be a staging of great suggestiveness as well as resonance... The action moves at a 21st-century lick. Events arrive with the shock of a thriller. Yet there is also stillness and patience – not least in the central performance of Lesley Manville.” – Guardian

“Richard Eyre’s production of Ibsen’s disturbing drama is glittering, dark and brilliant” ★★★★ – Financial Times

Following an initial phase when I took prepayments and booked a block of seats for members, this option is now closed. If you would like to join us, please book direct with the theatre. Also, if you’re open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number (and whether stalls or circle) in the comments below, for group members who might want to book a neighbouring seat.

Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance.

In the days immediately prior, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. I will arrange dinner for after the play, at Pasha, Le Mercury or anywhere popular with members – please let me know if you would like to join us for dinner, and if you have a preference.

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  • Richard C.

    A breath-taking production and painfully sad. Lesley Manville and Will Keen gave lessons in acting, taut, precise, pitch-perfect. Set and lighting just wonderful. It showed how an intelligent production can enlighten us even when social conditions and mores have so radically changed. There was no need for modernisation. Maybe at 90 minutes it was a little too compressed - the crisis in Oswald's illness came on incredibly quickly. I was very sorry to hear that sightlines from some seats were so poor. But for the rest of us the Almeida has done it again.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Nicky

    Ok giving up and going home.

    November 1, 2013

    • Jane

      If you don't get an email you're expecting please let me know at least the day before, so there's plenty of time to resend it. I hope next time we can get the details straight in good time before the play - best wishes, Jane

      November 2, 2013

    • sal

      No prob Jane ;) Catch you next time

      1 · November 2, 2013

  • Jane

    I've now booked 3 seats for Hilary, Una and me - circle seats C21-C23. Looking forward to it!

    August 19, 2013

    • sal

      Hi Jane, is there space for dinner and a venue? :)

      November 1, 2013

  • Nicky

    Is anyone here? I haven't been able to see anyone and shows going in. Does anyone know where plan for food is after? Where you'll be in interval?

    November 1, 2013

  • sal

    Hi Jane, I cant make the performance but ill try to join for dinner if theres space. What tine is performance over?

    November 1, 2013

  • Nicky

    Did anyone get the plan of where to meet? I seem to have missed it?

    November 1, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I'm so sorry but something's come up so I won't make it tonight, I'll have to meet you all another night. If anyone wants to try their luck at picking up my ticket at the box office please do - it's under Jennifer Biddis, they usually don't bother asking for id so worth a shot.

    November 1, 2013

  • Roisin

    I'd like to join the group for food afterwards too if it is still an option. I can't remember my seat number but I know am near the group.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi Jane,

    I can't remember if I said I would come out for dinner, if the option is available and I haven't already done so I will be up for coming for food afterwards.

    Thanks,

    Michelle

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • sal

    Hey guys, do you think there will be tickets available to buy on the day?

    October 27, 2013

    • Jane

      Yes Sal absolutely - for every performance there are tickets held back until the day; I believe they have to be purchased in person at the box office, at around 11 a.m. - some details are on the Almeida's website (http://www.almeida.co...­), but I think if you ring the box office tomorrow they can explain the specifics.

      October 27, 2013

    • sal

      Cool - thanks Jane :) Hope all is well with you!

      1 · October 27, 2013

  • Judith B.

    i bought my own ticket. see you there. Judith

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Claudia B.

    Hello, if by any chance there is any returns I would be interested in buying one ticket as the show is already sold out for 1st November.

    October 25, 2013

    • Jane

      Hullo Claudia - if you don't hear from another member about a spare ticket, there's more information on the Almeida website about day seats, which are released on the day of the performance; see http://www.almeida.co...­

      1 · October 25, 2013

    • Claudia B.

      Thank you, I will try that too.

      1 · October 25, 2013

  • Nicky

    Hey I have booked late and had to take a seat with a restricted view! IF ANYONE IS LOOKING TO SELL A TICKET NEARER THE TIME JUST MAIL ME AND I'LL BUY IT!!!!! If not I'll just use my restricted view ticket! Looking forward to it! Will do food after too. Thanks for organising Jane xxx

    October 15, 2013

    • Michelle

      Hi Nicky, Restricted view at the Almeida is generally better than you would find in older theatre.

      October 15, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi I'm Jennifer & new to the group, have booked seat D11 circle - see you then

    1 · October 11, 2013

  • Janet

    Have RSVP's as requested, apologies. My seat number is Circle D24 so I am around about some of the other seats booked.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Janet

    Took a deep breath and booked a ticket. Look forward to meeting you all.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Atul

    Just booked C25 (Stalls). Would like to join for dinner as well. Thanks.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Richard C.

    See article about Ghosts by director Richard Eyre from the Guardian, Sept 20th: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/sep/20/richard-eyre-spirit-ibsen-ghosts

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Charlotte

    I have just joined your group and booked ticket C25 for this show. I would live to join you for dinner afterwards. Thank you for arranging!

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi Jane, I am sitting in H10 in the stalls.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Jane

    To all who have booked - if you're open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number (and whether stalls or circle) in the comments below, for group members who might want to book a neighbouring seat.

    August 27, 2013

  • Bea

    I've booked seat C20 (circle).

    August 26, 2013

    • Jane

      Glad you're joining us, and actually sitting with us Bea! See you then

      August 27, 2013

  • Kate

    Thanks Jane. I've RSVpeeeed.

    August 23, 2013

  • Kate

    Booked my ticket! See you there. Kp

    August 22, 2013

    • Jane

      Thanks Kate for letting me know. Would you please RSVP as a Yes so I can keep track of numbers, and include you in messages? Thanks

      August 22, 2013

  • Richard C.

    I've got my own ticket, thank you Jane. I like to be up close so I'm in A9! I look forward to it. The Almeida very rarely disappoints. I'm happy to eat anywhere aftewards.

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Linda

    Hi Jane,
    I also booked and paid for a ticket for Ghosts.
    Linda.

    August 19, 2013

    • Jane

      Oh I'm so sorry Linda, I meant to say for you, Una, and me... But I have bought your ticket, that's all sorted out. Apologies, Linda.

      August 19, 2013

  • Hilary

    This has been on my must-see list! I've booked my own seat so can be in stalls (F11) and look forward to meeting up afterwards to discuss the play over dinner - no preference on venue, happy to go wherever the majority decide.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Linda

    I look forward to it! Sorry, but I can't manage the dinner afterwards. Linda.

    August 17, 2013

  • Una

    Hi Jane,
    I have paid online...
    Thanks for organising this!
    Una

    August 17, 2013

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