Ghosts (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
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Ghosts (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)

Ghosts (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) London Reviews and Tickets

(14 Ratings)
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Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Riveting, Confusing

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (5)

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167 Reviews | 24 Followers
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

136 Reviews | 10 Followers
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.

25 Reviews | 6 Followers

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.

22 Reviews | 1 Follower
Great main female actress, Amazing setting, Confusing, Boring

See it if you like the Shakespeare Globe. The only thing that kind of safe the play and didn't make me leave was the amazing setting, candle light.

Don't see it if you don't want to be bored. the simple and badly written. Nothing new. There people sleeping on their seats.

7 Reviews | 2 Followers
Stunning version and play still packs a punch

See it if You like Ibsen and don't think his work should be covered in dust and played against Victorian settings.

Don't see it if You're an absolute purist, and don't want an adaptation that is mired in Victorian speech.

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 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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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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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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