First performed in 1882, this show was considered indecent at the time, telling the story of a widow trapped by the memories of her cruel husband. More…
Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving’s dissolute life.
See it if you love classic plays in general and Ibsen plays in particular. If you enjoy powerful performances & traditional stagings of classic plays.
Don't see it if You only like musicals, hate classic plays or Ibsen, or if you only enjoy more innovative or edgy stagings in revivals of classic plays.
See it if you love the wonderful Manville. The script has gaps, but the issues still resonate. And the set is fabulous. The ending is so sad.
Don't see it if you dislike talky plays. Ibsen's people do a lot of yakking. The period piece was a polished pleasure. I'm glad I had a chance to see it.
See it if You enjoyed the movie and want to relive it on screen. Also see it if you want to be amazed by stage trickery. Impressive.
Don't see it if Don’t expect amazing music. The score is okay but didn’t dazzle me. The story was great.
See it if You like classics and haunting stories. Manville shines. Go for Richard Eyre's directing and the cast. I was shaken like I was supposed to.
Don't see it if It's very dark and intense, and the end might read melodramatic to some. But great production.