Royal & Derngate: Ghosts

A shattering story of the consequences of secrets and lies in a new adaptation by Mike Poulton (A Tale Of Two Cities, Wolf Hall, Imperium). Constrained for years by societal expectations, widow Helen Alving (Penny Downie) 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.

Ibsen’s masterpiece, written in 1881, 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.

Ghosts takes to the Royal stage between 19th April and 11th May. Tickets are priced from £11 and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at

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