Adapted and Directed by Richard Eyre
By Henrik Ibsen
Tickets £8 - £32
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).
Audio Described Performance
Sat 16 Nov 2.30pm
(Touch Tour at 12.45pm)
Laurence Olivier Award Best Revival
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress Lesley Manville
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jack Lowden
Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress Lesley Manville
Jack trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Theatre includes: Chariots of Fire (Hampstead Theatre / West End); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland / Barbican/ US Tour); Sweet Sorrow; Crime & Punishment; Uncle Vanya; A View From the Bridge; Peter Pan (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Television includes: The Tunnel; Mrs. Biggs; Blue Haven; Being Victor.
Film includes: uwantme2killhim?; 71.
★★★★★ A production that does full justice to this thrilling, harrowing play.
★★★★★ ...by far and away the best production I have ever seen at the theatre.
★★★★★ A spell-binding production.
★★★★ Grabs you by the throat and never releases its grip... extraordinary production.
★★★★ Eyre's staging is compellingly vibrant, with an assured sense of itself.
★★★★ A triumph - the combination of the intelligent performances and the mesmerising aesthetic make this the most lucid and affecting version of the play I have ever seen.
★★★★ Immaculate performances... powerfully moving production.
The running time is approximately 90 minutes. There is no interval.