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"Director Michael Cabot breathes new life into this absorbing and emotional adaptation by Frank McGuinness and I could have certainly have sat through more. It just gets better and better as the scandalous tale unfolds, with a string of surprising revelations. Peter Cadden as Engstrand comes close to stealing this five-hander. In a comparatively cameo role his entrances are eagerly anticipated. Hasan Dixon goes through so many emotions in his fine portrayal of Oswald and several of his scenes are among the most memorable in this production. Abby Leamon is very confident and effective as Regine. The beautifully constructed set adds another dimension and is well utilised by the players. There are 50 venues on this long tour and it’s likely this powerful production will produce a wealth of new Ibsen fans, thanks to Frank McGuinness and Michael Cabot. The London Classic Theatre company has a proven track record of high quality touring productions and this one will enhance their reputation even more."
John Hannam - The Stage 

"In Michael Cabot's astonishingly powerful production, which uses no tricks, not even music, the surface calm hides seething emotions, feelings and thoughts. And by this total concentration on the words I realised just how shocking the play must have seemed to its first audiences. Not a sound was to be heard throughout, except for a couple of moments where McGuinness had found ironic humour in it. Not only that but at the end there was utter silence until the actors came to take their bow. I thought I knew Ghosts but this truly excellent production made me feel I was experiencing it for the first time."
Victor Hallett - Theatre in Wales 

"London Classic Theatre again delivered an excellent production. The performances were first-class with Pauline Whitaker a splendid Mrs Alving, Hasan Dixon was a fine Oswald and Brendan Fleming was a chilling Pastor Manders. As ever London Classic brought a wonderful set on tour."
Liam Murphy - Munster Express

Ghosts

CREATIVE TEAM:
Writer: Henrik Ibsen – in a new version by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Michael Cabot
Designed by Kerry Bradley
Lighting by Paul Green
Costumes by Philippa Mumford
Photography: Sheila Burnett

CAST:
Peter Cadden, Hasan Dixon, Brendan Fleming, Abby Leamon, Pauline Whitaker.

SELECTED VENUES:
Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, Buxton Opera House, Theatre Royal Winchester, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Hull Truck Theatre.

THE SHOW:
Helene Alving is preparing for the opening of an orphanage, built in memory of her late husband.

Her beloved artist son, Oswald, has returned from Paris to honour the occasion, but his long-awaited homecoming rapidly descends into tragedy as his presence triggers the exposure of a dark story of hypocrisy and betrayed love.

Ibsen’s study of hidden passions and family secrets remains as dramatically alive as ever in Frank McGuinness’ vital new version.

Henrik Ibsen (1828 – 1906) was one of the truly great playwrights in the European tradition, often referred to as ‘the father of modern drama’.  His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe. Ibsen’s work examines the realities that lay behind these facades, turning a savagely critical eye towards the morality of the day.

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