Martha Henry Is Mrs. Alving in Stratford's Ghosts July 25-Sept. 23

News   Martha Henry Is Mrs. Alving in Stratford's Ghosts July 25-Sept. 23 The Stratford Festival conjures Ghosts, Henrik Ibsen's classic about the sins of the father visiting the rest of the family, starting July 25 at the Tom Patterson Theatre in Ontario.

Canadian stage star Martha Henry plays Mrs. Helena Alving in the new version of the script, penned by Richard Harris, from a translation by J. Basil Cowlishaw.

Ghosts tells the story of Mrs. Alving who, for nearly 30 years, "has concealed the truth about the depravities of her widely admired late husband. When her artist son, Oswald, comes home from a sojourn abroad, "the ghosts of the past also return to haunt her — bringing with them a new and dreadful burden of responsibility."

Stratford's Ghosts is directed by Diana Leblanc, and designed by Charlotte Dean (sets and costumes), Bonnie Beecher (lighting), Todd Charlton (sound). The composer is Stephen Woodjetts.

Ghosts also features Peter Donaldson as Pastor Manders, Adrienne Gould as Regina Engstrand, Brian Hamman as Oswald Alving and Gary Reineke as Jakob Engstrand. Wayne Best is the understudy for the roles of Pastor Manders and Jakob Engstrand, Nicolá Correia-Damude is the understudy for the role of Regina Engstrand, Michelle Fisk is the standby for the role of Mrs. Helena Alving and Jeffrey Wetsch is the understudy for the role of Oswald.

Opening is Aug. 12 following previews. Performances play in repertory to Sept. 23. Tickets are available at (800) 567-1600 or through www.stratfordfestival.ca.

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