Ghosts (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
Ghosts (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
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Ghosts (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) London Reviews and Tickets

76%
(45 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
7%
Negative
11%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Joe Hill-Gibbins' new production of Henrik Ibsen's modern tragedy.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (19)

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206 Reviews | 39 Followers
90
Romantic, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love intense plays with alot of insinuation and untold secrets

Don't see it if if you find hard hitting stuff like rape or insest or hardship in families is hard to watch

54 Reviews | 3 Followers
85
Intimate, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want an intense experience that makes you think https://notafanofmusicals.co.uk/misogyny-and-patriarchy/

Don't see it if If you mind being a bit uncomfortable sitting on benches and prefer a light hearted play Read more

166 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
Refreshing, Intense, Riveting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like a slow burner analysing human psyche. It has just one act for 1.5 hours.

Don't see it if You prefer it to be devoid of laughs. This has some black humour which sometimes felt awkward in an atmospheric play.

97 Reviews | 14 Followers
25
Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if can't really think of anything why you should see it.

Don't see it if you have something better to do, which could be folding laundry or something. Read more

46 Reviews | 4 Followers
79
Dark, Absorbing, Riveting, Masterful, Edgy

See it if Ibsen's unusual play that covers a range of then-taboo subjects is explored hungrily by an intimate cast.

Don't see it if The adult themes upset you.

32 Reviews | 6 Followers
79
Intense

See it if Over-the-top dramatic, full of high angst. Always wonderful to watch a show at Sam Wanamaker's candlelight theatre.

Don't see it if You want something light, not intense family drama.

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
75
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re an Ibsen fan. It’s not a barrel of laughs.

Don't see it if The seating is uncomfortable and it runs through with no interval. It’s hard to see the actor’s expressions because of the gloomy lighting. Read more

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
70
Dramatic, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy Ibsen’s writing and appreciate excellent acting.

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable easily and don’t like low light. It’s completely candlelit and runs for an hour and 35 mins without a break.

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
November 23rd, 2023

“Hattie Morahan leads a fine cast and brings her flair for tamped-down, volcanic emotion to the part of Helene Alving, trying to control the damage her terrible sea-captain husband wreaked on her and his offspring...She’s part of a production that makes Ghosts feel poignant and fresh rather than absurd, and that’s no mean feat.”
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Time Out London
November 23rd, 2023

“A lot of directors like to put you through the wringer with ‘Ghosts’. In a way Hill-Gibbins goes for the opposite with a production that’s like a warm glass of barbiturates before a slip into oblivion.”
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The Guardian (UK)
November 23rd, 2023

“It is a production full of clever concepts: I walked away in admiration rather than devastated by its closing moments.”
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London Theatre
November 28th, 2023

“Ibsen’s play achieves a brilliant narrative layering whereby all five characters in differing ways have the goods on one another...Hill-Gibbins manages precisely that without lapsing into melodrama – always a risk with this text.”
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The Stage (UK)
November 23rd, 2023

“This streamlined new version, adapted and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, is accessible and absorbing, focusing on themes of coercive control and cycles of abusive behaviour, but balancing the grim content with plenty of pitch-black comedy.”
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The Times (UK)
November 23rd, 2023

“There are flashes of wit, but there is no hope here to offset all the gloom. So there is no tension. This well-crafted but overgloomy evening left me feeling I was trapped in a radio play I couldn’t turn off.”
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WhatsOnStage
November 24th, 2023

“The stranglehold of past misdemeanours on present-day lives, the ‘sins of the fathers’ being visited upon the offspring, and the irresponsibility of men imperilling women’s lives are dramatic themes that resonate down the ages, and ‘Ghosts’ remains a gripping, involving watch. Hill-Gibbins’s bold, bleakly funny but intelligent reimagining of this little theatrical chamber of family horrors is compulsive and quietly revelatory. Haunting stuff.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 23rd, 2023

“ ‘Ghosts’ the play cannot escape the past, but this production lives persuasively in the present.”
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