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VenueAlmeida Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From8th May 2003
Opened15th May 2003
To28th June 2003
WhenMon-Sat 19:30. Sat Mat 15:00. Jun 19,26 Mats 15:00
PricesFrom £6.00. To £27.50.
What is currently on at Almeida Theatre (V166)

The Lady from the Sea

The Lady from the SeaT397816005
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:T397816005, play:S823057052, venue:V166

Production details

Special Performances

  • 7 Jun 03 Vocaleyes
  • 11 Jun 03 Open Captioned (STAGETEXT)
  • 18 Jun 03 Sign Interpreted


Producer Almeida Theatre
Corporate Sponsor Coutts
Director Trevor Nunn
Design Rob Howell
Music Shaun Davey
Lighting Hugh Vanstone
Sound John Leonard
Corporate Sponsor Coutts
Performer Natasha Richardson (Ellida)
Performer Claudie Blakley (Bolette)
Performer John Bowe (Doctor Wangel)
Performer Louise Clein (Hilde)
Performer Benedict Cumberbatch (Lyngstrand)
Performer Geoffrey Hutchings (Ballested)
Performer Tim McInnerny (Arnholm)
Performer Eoin McCarthy (Stranger)

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