Ghosts – a new production and a new translation:
For me, one test of a great playwright is how relevant his or her works are a hundred, two hundred, five hundred or even a few thousand years on. Ibsen (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) according to Wikipedia is the second most performed playwright in the world (after Shakespeare) so perhaps it’s not suprising that there will be two productions of Ghosts running in London during September, alongside a Dolls House at the Duke of York’s. Seen as provocative and sensational in its time, Ghosts tackles issues that are controversial even today.
Ghosts at the Rose Theatre will be the final production there for Stephen Unwin, the current Artistic Director. And, the new translation is the second that he has written, following his acclaimed translation of The Lady from the Sea. An authority on Ibsen, Unwin has directed seven productions to date. Design for the production, by Simon Higlett, will draw inspiration from the original Munch sets commisioned by Max Reinhardt for the Kammerspiele in Berlin. This production will coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Munch’s Birth. Lighting by Paul Pyant.
Pip Donaghy (Engstrand)
Patrick Drury (Pastor Manders)
Florence Hall (Regina)
Kelly Hunter (Mrs Alving)
Mark Quartley (Oswald).
Ghosts runs at the Rose Theatre from 19th September to 12th October, before touring with the English Touring Theatre to Salisbury, Oxford, Guidford, York, Watford, Malvern and Brighton.
For more information or to book please check the Rose Theatre website