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The Almeida's Ghosts transfers to Trafalgar Studios

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FOLLOWING a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, the critically-acclaimed Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen transfers to Trafalgar Studios, where it runs for a limited season – from December 17, 2013 to March 8, 2014.

Previously Posted: Brian McCardie (as Jacob Engstrand) and Charlene McKenna (Regina Engstrand) will join the previously announced Lesley Manville, Jack Lowden and Will Keen in Richard Eyre’s production of Ghosts, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from October 3 (previews from September 26) to November 23, 2013.

Brian McCardie’s theatre credits include A Doll’s House (National Theatre of Scotland) and A Number, The Mercy Seat and Gagarin Way (Prime Cut Theatre). On screen, he has appeared in The Crash, The Accused, Shameless and Whistleblowers (TV); Filth, The Damned United and 200 Cigarettes (film).

Charlene McKenna’s theatre work includes The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court Theatre), Lonesome West (The Lyric, Belfast) and Romeo and Juliet (The Garage in Monaghan). Her screen credits include Ripper Street, Misfits, Merlin, Raw, Sirens, Law and Order UK, Being Human, The Fixer, Whistleblower and The Old Curiosity Shop (TV); A Boy Called Dad, Dorothy Mills, Porcelain, Middletown, Tiger’s Tale and Breakfast on Pluto (film).

Previously Posted: Lesley Manville as Helene Alving will lead the cast of Ibsen’s Ghosts, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from October 3 (previews from September 26) to November 23, 2013.

Manville will be joined by Jack Lowden (Oswald Alving) and Will Keen (Pastor Manders). Further casting will be announced shortly.

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 his father’s dissolute life.

Multi award-winning theatre, film and television actor Lesley Manville will make her Almeida debut in Ghosts. She was last seen on stage in Grief at the National Theatre, where her credits also include Her Naked Skin, Pillars of the Community, The Alchemist and His Dark Materials.

Her stage work elsewhere includes Six Degrees of Separation and All About My Mother (Old Vic); Top Girls, Serious Money, The Pope’s Wedding and Three Sisters (Royal Court Theatre); and The Wives Excuse, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Manville’s film work with regular collaborator Mike Leigh includes Another Year, All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy, Secrets and Lies and High Hopes. She has also appeared in The Christmas Candle, Molly Moon, Maleficent, Romeo and Juliet, Spike Island and A Christmas Carol.

And on television, her numerous credits include An Adventure in Space and Time, The Man Who Would Be Bond, Mayday, Cranford, North and South, Bodily Harm, Other Peoples’ Children, Promoted To Glory, The Cazalets, David Copperfield, Painted Lady, The Bite, Holding On, Tears Before Bedtime, A Statement of Affairs, Top Girls, Grown-Ups and The Firm.

Jack Lowden was most recently on stage playing Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire which after opening at Hampstead Theatre, transferred to the West End. His previous roles include Cammy in the Olivier award-winning Black Watch for the National Theatre of Scotland which was also seen at the Barbican and on tour worldwide. On television, his credits include Mrs Biggs, Blue Haven, Being Victor and the forthcoming The Tunnel. He has also appeared in the film uwantme2killhim?

Will Keen returns to the Almeida where he has previously been seen in Waste, Tom and Viv and Five Gold Rings. His other theatre credits include Quartermaine’s Terms (Wyndhams Theatre), Hysteria (Theatre Royal Bath), Huis Clos (Trafalgar Studios), the title role in Macbeth (for Cheek by Jowl at the Barbican), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Donmar Warehouse), The Rubenstein Kiss (Hampstead Theatre), The Coast of Utopia (National Theatre) and Pericles (Lyric Hammersmith).

His screen credits include Silk, Garrow’s Law, Titanic, Foyle’s War, Elizabeth I, The Impressionists, Into the Void, Murphy’s Law, Monsignor Renard and Martin Chuzzlewit (TV); Love and Other Disasters and The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz (film).

Ghosts is adapted and will be directed by Richard Eyre.

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