Redgrave made her Broadway debut in the 1976 revival of Henrik Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea, about a woman who must choose between remaining in her marriage with a doctor or reuniting with her former fiancé, a sailor who has returned after a long absence. She performed the central role of Ellida opposite Pat Hingle as Dr. Wangel and John Heffernan as Professor Arnholm.
The production opened March 18, 1976, at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The show received accolades from the New York Times' Clive Barnes; he deemed it "an exquisitely styled staging" of the Ibsen play, "enriched with almost a texture of themes." Of the cast he wrote: "The actors, particularly Miss Redgrave, walking in beauty, work their way through this oddly modern psychodrama with sure-footed conviction." The play ran for 77 performances before closing May 23, 1976.
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