“Ibsen’s plays have drawn the interest of acclaimed directors since the Almeida was founded. Before Richard Eyre’s Olivier-winning Hedda Gabler (2005) and Ghosts (2013), the Scandinavian playwright was provoking standout productions and performances from some of British theatre’s most innovative artists, and the Almeida is delighted to welcome Richard back to complete a trilogy of iconic productions."
Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre
Following a few early years of festivals under the Artistic Direction of Pierre Audi, Christopher Hampton’s version of Hedda Gabler was the first show for the newly relaunched Almeida Theatre Productions in 1984, directed by Tim Albery with Deborah Findlay as Hedda.
When We Dead Waken was the first major London production since 1945 of Ibsen’s last and, in James Joyce’s opinion, greatest play. The play featured in the first Almeida Theatre Company season under the artistic direction of Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan
Kent (who also directed the production). Espen Skjönberg, one of Norway’s finest actors, made his London debut as Rubek.
The Lady from the Sea was the first play to be staged in the newly refurbished Almeida Theatre in 2003. Natasha Richardson played the ambitious heroine Ellida in Trevor Nunn’s revival, a role also played by her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, in a previous production of the play decades earlier. The character of Hilde Wangel also features in Ibsen’s later play The Master Builder.
Hedda Gabler was the third production Richard Eyre directed for the Almeida. It won four Olivier Awards, including Best Revival, Best Actress (Eve Best), Best Director (Richard Eyre), and Best Set Design (Rob Howell) as well as a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress (Eve Best).
Anthony Page’s “spellbinding” (Guardian) production of Mike Poulton’s specially commissioned translation of Rosmersholm starred Paul Hilton as former clergyman Johannes Rosmer and Helen McCrory as the seductive Rebecca West.
Following their collaboration on Macbeth in 2005, director Travis Preston and Stephen Dillane returned to the Almeida for The Master Builder, with Dillane as Halvard Solness, a potentially great man lured to a tragic end by the bewitching young Hilde, played by Gemma Arterton.
Richard Eyre’s 2013 production of Ghosts won three Olivier Awards, including Best Revival, Best Actress (Lesley Manville) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Lowden), as well as the Ian Charleston Award (Jack Lowden), a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress (Lesley Manville) and an Evening Standard Award for Best Director (Richard Eyre). After a sold-out run at the Almeida, Ghosts transferred to the West End (Trafalgar Studios) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Little Eyolf | 19 November 2015 - 9 January 2016 | Info and tickets