VenueDonmar Warehouse
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From12th October 2017
Opened18th October 2017
To2nd December 2017
WhenMon-Sat 19:30. Thu,Sat Mats 14:30
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The Lady from the Sea

The Lady from the SeaT777258695
Ellida, the Lighthouse Keeper's daughter, is homesick for the sea. Her life with her husband Dr Wangel and his daughters leaves her restless. Then, on a hot, brilliantly clear summer morning life changes...Ellida Wangel's mysterious seafaring lover has returned after many years to reclaim the woman to whom he believed himself to be betrothed. With piercing eyes he exerts a mesmerising hold over all whom he encounters. Yet, he is a man with a past, a murderer, a man of the sea. What is Ellida to do? Whom should she choose? The husband who loves her and is prepared to grant her freedom or the enigmatic man with whom she shares the same watery affinity. A man who holds a 'horrible unfathomable power' over her mind. Yet Ellida's mind is like the sea, it ebbs and flows and finally reaches its own firm conclusion. The Lady from the Sea (1888) represents an important turning point in Ibsen's work. Within a few days of its publication Edmund Gosse wrote 'There is thrown over the whole play a glamour of romance, of mystery, of landscape beauty...moreover, after so many tragedies, this is a comedy...the tone is quite unusually sunny, and without a tinge of pessimism.' This play explores the hypnotic hold one person may gain over another. It is an emphatic defence of individuality, of inner struggles faced with courage and integrity.
Author Henrik Ibsen

Archive :: production:T777258695, play:S823057052, venue:V389

Production details

Special Performances

  • 20 Nov 17 Captioned
  • 23 Nov 17 Audio Described
  • 25 Nov 17 Sign Interpreted (SPIT)

Production Changes

Previous details associated with this item and date of change.
13 Jun 17
C:Maddermarket Theatre Company, T:Michael Meyer, D:Elinor Cook, S:Tom Scutt, L:Lee Curran, P:Nikki Amuka-Bird (Ellida)


Producer Donmar Warehouse
Director Kwame Kwei-Armah
Design Tom Scutt
Lighting Lee Curran
Sound Emma Laxton
Music Michael Bruce
Performer Nikka Amuka-Bird (Ellida)
Performer Ellie Bamber
Performer Jake Fairbrother
Performer Jim Findley
Performer Jonny Holden
Performer Finbar Lynch
Performer Tom McKay
Performer Helena Wilson

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