“We’re possessed by the spirits of the dead – they’re no longer alive… but they’re moving deep inside ourselves – we can never free ourselves of them.”
‘Constrained for years by societal expectations, widow Helen Alving is determined to escape the ghosts of her past but when her son Osvald returns home it is clear that some legacies are impossible to avoid. With secrets kept and lies told, the ghosts of her husband’s actions demand bigger sacrifices now than ever before’.
Royal & Derngate present the world premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece ‘Ghosts’ in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton, which will open in Northampton in April.
The cast will be led by Pennie Downie (ITV’s Downton Abbey) as Helen Alving, James Wilby (Poldark, Howards End, Regeneration), as Pastor Manders, celebrated Irish actor Declan Conlon (recently seen in The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre) as Jakob Engstrand, Pierro Niel-Mee (Imperium – RSC and West End) as Osvald Alving, and Eleanor McLoughlin (Ah, Wilderness – Young Vic; The Winter’s Tale – Cheek By Jowl) as Regina Engstrand.
Directed by Lucy Bailey, ‘Ghosts’ will feature design by Mike Britton, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design and composition by Richard Hammarton.
Playwright Mike Poulton’s previous credits include Tony nominees ‘Fortune’s Fool’ and adaptations of ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up The Bodies’, and most recently, ‘Imperium’ for the RSC.
Director Lucy Bailey’s credits include the Olivier Award-nominated production of Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’, which is currently entering its 3rd year at London County Hall.
‘Ghosts’ will run at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, from Friday 19th April to Saturday 11th May, with an official opening night on Wednesday 24th April.
‘A shattering story of the consequences of secrets and lies, Ibsen’s Ghosts is a damning comment on the morality and hypocrisy of 19th century life and this searing new version asks if much has changed since it was written over 100 years ago’.