By Henrik Ibsen, Adapted and Directed by Richard Eyre
26 Sep — 23 Nov 2013
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 Henrik 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).
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CAST & CREATIVES
Adapted and Directed by Richard Eyre
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Design Tim Hatley
Lighting Peter Mumford
Sound John Leonard
Casting Cara Beckinsale
Associate Director Gaby Dellal
Associate Designer Andrew Edwards
Associate Lighting Designer William Reynolds
Literal Translation Charlotte Barslund
Assistant Director Gaby Dellal