Writer Frank McGuinness has almost taken a sledgehammer to crack a nut in reworking this classic play by Henrik Ibsen. I lost count of the number of times the words 'filth' or 'filthy' were used during the dialogue, which gave the impression that the audience were being treated like children having to learn their times table. A pity really because Ibsen's play still has considerable relevance, especially in connection with the current debate on assisted suicide in cases where... Read more
Cast includes Lesley Manville 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 his father’s dissolute life.