Richard Eyre’s version of Ibsen’s Ghosts is a fresh and vivid depiction of a woman who yearns for emotional and sexual freedom, but who is too timid to achieve it.
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.
Richard Eyre’s version of Ghosts was first staged at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2013.
This edition contains an introduction to the play by Richard Eyre.