“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.