Photo Flash: First Look at Lesley Manville, Jack Lowden and More in GHOSTS at the Almeida Theatre
Richard Eyre has adapted and will direct Ibsen's Ghosts, running at The Almeida Theatre now through 23 November 2013, with Press Night on 3 October. Designs are by Tim Hatley with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by John Leonard. The full cast is Lesley Manville (Helene Alving), Brian McCardie (Jacob Engstrand), Charlene McKenna (Regina Engstrand), Jack Lowden (Oswald Alving) and Will Keen (Pastor Manders). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
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 was last on stage in Grief at The National Theatre, where she has previously been seenin Her Naked Skin, Pillars of the Community, The Alchemist and His Dark Materials. Other theatre credits include Six Degrees of Separation and All About My Mother at the Old Vic,Top Girls, Serious Money, The Pope's Wedding and Three Sisters at the Royal Court and for the Royal Shakespeare Company she has been seen in The Wives' Excuse, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and As You Like It. On screen, Lesley has regularly collaborated with Mike Leigh on films including Another Year, All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy, Secrets and Lies and High Hopes. Her other film credits include The Christmas Candle, Molly Moon, Maleficent, Romeo and Juliet, Spike Island and A Christmas Carol. On television her credits include An Adventure in Space and Time, The Man Who Would Be Bond, Mayday, Cranford, North & 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.
Brian McCardie's theatre credits include A Doll's House for The National Theatre of Scotland and A Number, The Mercy Seat and Gagarin Way all for Prime Cut Theatre. His television credits include The Crash, The Accused, Shameless and Whistleblowers. On film his credits include Filth, The Damned United and 200 Cigarettes.
Charlene McKenna's previous theatre credits include The Eleventh Capital at the Royal Court, Lonesome West at The Lyric in Belfast and Romeo and Juliet at The Garage in Monaghan. Her television credits include Ripper Street, Misfits, Merlin, Raw, Sirens, Law and Order UK, Being Human, The Fixer, Whistleblower andThe Old Curiosity Shop. Charlene's film work includes A Boy Called Dad, Dorothy Mills, Porcelain, Middletown, Tiger's Tale and Breakfast on Pluto.
Jack Lowden was most recently on stage in Chariots of Fire at Hampstead Theatre/Gielgud Theatre. His previous roles include Cammy in the Laurence Olivier award-winning Black Watch for The National Theatre of Scotland/Barbican and on tour worldwide. On television his credits include Mrs Biggs, Blue Haven andBeing Victor and the forthcoming The Tunnel. His film credit is uwantme2killhim?
Will Keen was previously at The Almeida Theatre in Waste, Tom and Viv and Five Gold Rings. His other theatre credits include Quartermaine's Terms at Wyndhams Theatre, Hysteria for Theatre Royal Bath, Huis Clos at the Trafalgar Studios, the title role in Macbeth for Cheek by Jowl at the Barbican, Kiss of the Spiderwoman for the Donmar Warehouse, The Rubenstein Kiss for Hampstead Theatre, The Coast of Utopia for The National Theatre and Pericles for the Lyric Hammersmith. On television his 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. His film credits are Love and Other Disasters and The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz.
Richard Eyre last directed at the Almeida The Dark Earth and the Light Sky. Previously for the Almeida he has directed David Hare's The Judas Kiss - his first production after leaving The National Theatre where he was Director from 1988 - 1997 - The Novice and Hedda Gabler. His more recent work as a director for the stage includes the award-winning production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible on Broadway, the world premieres of Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter both for The National Theatre, Noel Coward's Private Lives on Broadway and the musical Mary Poppins. Most recently he directed Quartermaine's Terms at the Wyndham's Theatre and The Pajama Game for Chichester Festival Theatre. Richard will next direct Stephen Ward The Musical, running at the Aldwych Theatre from 3 December 2013. For television his 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. Eyre 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.
The Almeida Theatre is located at Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA. Box Office: Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am - 7.30pm), online www.almeida.co.uk (open in person 10am - 7.30pm, Monday - Saturday). Regular performances are Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, Press Nights at 7pm.
Photo Credit: Hugo Glendinning
Carhlene McKenna (Regina Engstrand)
Lelsey Manville (Helene Alving) and Jack Lowden (Oswald Alving)
Lesley Manville (Helene Alving)