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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Discover Ibsen’s powerful and stirring tragedy performed by candlelight, in a new version from director Joe Hill-Gibbons.

Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts Tickets Available Now

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a gripping European classic, performed here for the very first time. Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts is as stirring as ever in the candlelit Jacobean-style venue, and audiences will be engrossed by this scandalous story of illicit affairs, betrayal, and shocking family secrets.

What is Ghosts about?

Henrik Ibsen’s story is a blistering exploration of closely-held family secrets and forbidden desires that caused outrage and controversy when it first premiered almost 150 years ago. At its centre is Helene, a widow who is disturbed and discomfited by the ugly reality of her husband’s legacy. She wants to forget the past and start afresh, but the arrival of her son Osvald puts in motion a chain of unsettling events. As Osvald finds the stirrings of romance with Helene’s maid, his mother is forced to decide if she can play happy families and protect her son, or if she should reveal the truth.

Since premiering in Chicago in 1882, Ibsen’s work has been revived over and over again and is often identified as the first modern tragedy. With themes of incest, infection, and euthanasia running throughout, this is a challenging and staggering work from one of the most influential dramatists to ever put pen to paper.

Henrik Ibsen Re-imagined: The Ghosts Creative Team

Ghosts is just one of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s triumphs. Heralded as a founder of modernism in theatre, he is a titan of the stage, with works including Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House, Rosmerholm and Peer Gynt. He is the most-performed playwright in the world after Shakespeare - Ghosts needs no greater credential than this to be the perfect fit for the Globe site’s famous, smaller indoor theatre.

Director Joe Hill-Gibbons makes his Globe debut with an exciting new version of this iconic play. No stranger to classic texts, his credits include Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Richard The Second at the Almeida Theatre and Edward II at the National Theatre, and Marlowe’s Measure for Measure at the Young Vic.

Tickets for Ghosts at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse On Sale Now

Experience one of the most influential dramas of the last 200 years, performed by atmospheric candlelight in one of London’s most distinctive venues. Ghosts is an unmissable part of the Sam Wanamaker’s new season, playing for a limited time from November 2023.

Sorry this show closed 28 January 2024, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
28 Jan 2024 - 28 Jan 2024
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
No age recommendation has been set. See Audience Notes for content warnings.
Audience Notes:
The play features themes of incest, euthanasia and references to suicide

Latest Audience Reviews

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