Review of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’.
It is testament to the power of Ibsen’s writing that leaving the theatre after last night’s performance of Ghosts, over 100 years after its premiere, I heard an audience member comment: “Well, I’m quite shocked… That’s a lot to think about for a Tuesday night!” Indeed Ibsen’s script, once described by a reviewer in The Telegraph as a “positively abominable play … a dirty act done publicly … Crapulous stuff,” is an exceptional challenge for the economic cast of five actors. However the English Touring Theatre rose admirably to the task, providing a compelling drive to the final apotheosis.
Both Ghosts and its immediate predecessor, A Doll’s House, were written in the wake of the literary critic Georg Brandes’ call for literature “subjecting problems to debate.” James McFarlane described Ibsen’s response in these two plays as being “chiefly…
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