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Richard Eyre to adapt and direct Ghosts at the Almeida

Almeida Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RICHARD Eyre is returning to the Almeida Theatre to adapt and direct Ibsen’s Ghosts, which runs at the Islington venue from October 3 (previews from September 26) to November 23, 2013.

Eyre’s previous work at the Almeida includes his multi award-winning production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, which opened in 2005 and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, which completed its sell out run in January this year.

His other work at the venue includes David Hare’s The Judas Kiss – his first production after leaving The National Theatre where he was Director from 1988 to 1997 – and The Novice.

His more recent work as a Director for the stage includes the award-winning production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (Broadway), the world premières of Nicholas Wright’s Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter (National Theatre), Noel Coward’s Private Lives (Broadway) and the musical Mary Poppins. He is currently directing Quartermaine’s Terms at Wyndham’s Theatre.

For television, Eyre’s credits include Changing Stages – a BBC Series on the history of theatre in the 20th century which he co-wrote with Nicholas Wright and presented – and the BAFTA award-winning Tumbledown. He also recently directed the critically-acclaimed Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 for the BBC’s 2012 Shakespeare Season.

His film credits include Iris, Stage Beauty, Notes on a Scandal and The Other Man.

Michael Attenborough, Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, said:

“When Richard proposed directing his own new version of Ghosts at the Almeida, I jumped at the idea. His production for us of his version of Hedda Gabler with the then unknown Eve Best and Benedict Cumberbatch was a masterful piece of work and his recent realisation of Nick Dear’s The Dark Earth and The Light Sky was simply ravishing. I could not be more delighted to be welcoming Richard back as part of my final season at the Almeida.”

The Almeida has also presented Ibsen’s Rosmersholm, directed by Anthony Page; Travis Preston’s production of The Master Builder; and Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea, which was directed by Trevor Nunn and was the first production programmed by Michael Attenborough when he took over as the Almeida’s Artistic Director.

Set in Norway, Ghosts is set in Mrs Alving’s country house, where she’s preparing for the opening of an orphanage dedicated to the memory of her late husband, an immoral philanderer she hopes never to speak of again. But when her son Oswald returns home for the celebration, ghosts from the past come back to haunt them.

NB: Priority booking for Ghosts for Almeida Theatre members opens on April 9, 2013, with public booking opening on April 23.

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The Turn of the Screw continues at the Almeida until March 16, 2013. It will be followed by Before The Party (March 21 to May 11) and Chimerica (May 17 to June 29).