Drama is full of family secrets

Sell A Door Theatre Company are bringing Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts to Buxton Opera House. Photo contributed.
Sell A Door Theatre Company are bringing Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts to Buxton Opera House. Photo contributed.
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Sell A Door Theatre Company will be at Buxton Opera House later this month with an adaptation of Ghosts, a Victorian drama filled with hidden passions and family secrets by master playwright, Henrik Ibsen.

Adapted from William Archer’s translation Helen Alving is trapped in a world where the ‘dead ideas’ preached by Pastor Manders rule outright, and her own family’s insidious legacy threatens scandal.

She is desperately trying to conceal her husband’s philandering past by building an orphanage in his name, under the pastor’s guiding hand.

But the celebrated return of her estranged son Oswald brings Helen’s ghosts back to haunt her, and all hopes of success are reduced to ashes.

Though penned in 1881, it is not hard for us to see the parallels in our own society; the pious leaders of the past replaced with our own custodians of the status quo and where money is the new religion.

Alfred Enoch, best known for playing Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter franchise, is behind this adaptation of Ghosts, following Sell A Door Theatre’s sell out tours of Spring Awakening, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lord of the Flies.

Henrik Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet.

Some of his most famous works include A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts and The Master Builder.

Ghosts will be performed at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday September 24 at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the show are priced at £14 and discounts are available.

Call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or see www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.