Ibsen's Ghosts to Be Staged in U.K. in Production Inspired by Edvard Munch's Berlin Designs
By Mark Shenton
A new production of Ibsen's Ghosts will be staged in the U.K. in a production that will be inspired by Edvard Munch's original stage designs for a 1906 staging in Berlin.
It will begin performances at Kingston's Rose Theatre Sept. 19, prior to an official opening Sept. 25, for a run through Oct. 12, where it will mark the final production to be directed by Stephen Unwin as artistic director there. It will then embark on a six-week tour under the auspices of English Touring Theatre (a company that Unwin founded in 1993, and for whom he previously directed Ghosts in 2002), to visit Salisbury, Oxford, Guildford, Watford, Malvern and Brighton.
It will be presented in Unwin's own version of the play, which is the second play translation he has written following The Lady from the Sea in 2012, and marks the seventh Ibsen play he has directed.
The production is designed by Simon Higlett, drawing inspiration from Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Munch, best known for painting "The Scream," was commissioned by Max Reinhardt, for the Kammerspiele in Berlin, to design the set for Ghosts. This will be the first time these designs have been used since the 1906 Berlin production. Sue Prideaux, biographer of Munch and Strindberg, will be working closely with Unwin and his creative team to bring Munch’s original paintings to life and advise throughout the process. This 2013 production will also coincide with the 150th anniversary of Edvard Munch’s birth.
The cast will feature Patrick Drury as Pastor Manders, Florence Hall as Regina, Kelly Hunter as Mrs Alving and Mark Quartley as Oswald.
For full touring details, visit www.ett.org.uk.
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