By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted and directed by Richard Eyre.
Ghosts premiered at the Almeida Theatre starring Lesley Manville, giving the performance of her life in this critically acclaimed production which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios following a sold-out run at London’s Almeida Theatre.
Digital Theatre captured the production in 4K and in Dolby Atmos before premiering the film version at the Empire Leicester Square, London before a roll-out across cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
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).
CAST INCLUDES: Lesley Manville, Jack Lowden, Adam Kotz, Brian McCardle, Charlene McKenna.
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
“A production that does full justice to this thrilling, harrowing play”
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
“Masterpiece of compassion ... Richard Eyre’s version has glories too many to list”
Libby Purves, The Times
“a spellbinding production”
Paul Taylor, The Independent
“Richard Eyre’s powerfully intimate version of Ibsen’s Ghosts is a triumph”
Susannah Clapp, The Observer