Little Eyolf | Ibsen at the Almeida

“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

Hedda Gabler (1984)

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.

Paul Jesson (George) and Deborah Findlay (Hedda) in Hedda Gabler. Photo: Dee Conway / Lebrecht Picture Library














 When We Dead Waken (1990)

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.

Programme from the 1990 production of When We Dead Waken

















The Lady from the Sea (2003)

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.

Natasha Richardson (Ellida) and John Bowe (Dr Wangel) in The Lady from the Sea. Photo: Catherine Ashmore














 Hedda Gabler (2005)

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).

Eve Best (Hedda) and Benedict Cumberbatch (George) in Hedda Gabler. Photo: John Haynes


















Rosmersholm (2008)

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.

Paul Hilton (Johannes) and Helen McCrory (Rebecca). Photo: Johan Persson












The Master Builder (2010)

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.

Gemma Arterton (Hilde) in The Master Builder. Photo: Simon Annand













Ghosts (2013)

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.



 Lesley Manville (Helen) and Jack Lowden (Oswald) in Ghosts. Photo: Hugo Glendinning








Little Eyolf | 19 November 2015 - 9 January 2016 | Info and tickets

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