Iain Glen Directs and Stars in Ibsen's Ghosts in London, Opening Feb. 23

News   Iain Glen Directs and Stars in Ibsen's Ghosts in London, Opening Feb. 23
Iain Glen makes his theatre directorial debut and also stars as Pastor Manders in a new version of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, opening at the West End's Duchess Theatre Feb. 23 (following previews from Feb. 11).
Iain Glen
Iain Glen

The production, which will play a limited season through May 15, also features Lesley Sharp, last seen on the London stage in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville Theatre, as Mrs Alving. The cast is completed by Harry Treadaway, Jessica Raine and Malcolm Storry. It is presented in a new version of the play by Frank McGuinness. The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound and music by Richard Hammarton. The associate director is Amelia Sears.

Glen, who starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of The Blue Room that subsequently transferred to Broadway’s Cort Theatre in 1998 (where he received a Drama League Award for Best Actor), was seen last year in Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Terrence Rattigan's Separate Tables. Other recent stage credits include Scenes from a Marriage (directed by Trevor Nunn at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre), as John Proctor in the RSC’s production of The Crucible (that transferred from Stratford-upon-Avon to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre), as Judge Brack in the Almeida’s production of Hedda Gabler and as Stanley Kowlaski (opposite Glenn Close as Blanche Du Bois) in the National Theatre’s production of A Streetcar named Desire. He received a BAFTA nomination for "Death of a Salesman." He received the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Award for Best Actor for "Silent Scream" and the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for "Mountains of the Moon."

Sharp was last seen on the London stage in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Other recent credits include the title role of Simon Stephens’ Harper Regan at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2008, and before that appeared in the British premiere of Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005. She has appeared extensively at the National and Royal Court.

Treadaway, who plays Mrs. Alving's son Oswald, made his London stage debut in the premiere of Mark Ravenhill's Over There at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in 2009, opposite his twin brother Luke. He made his screen debut with Luke in the film "Brothers of the Head" (directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe), and has since been seen in the films "The Disappeared" (directed by Jonny Kevorkian), "City of Ember" (directed by Gil Keenan), "Control" (directed by Anton Corbijn), "Afterlife" (alongside Sharp) and "Recovery" (directed by Anthony DeEmmony, opposite David Tennant). His television credits include "The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall" and "Cape Wrath" (both for Channel 4).

Raine, newly graduated from RADA, made her London stage debut in David Hare's Gethsamane at the National Theatre, and plays Regine. Storry, most recently seen on the London stage in Life is A Dream at the Donmar Warehouse, plays Engstrand. Other recent stage credits include Oedipus, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Cyrano de Bergerac (all at the National Theatre) and The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

McGuinness recently provided a new version of Euripides’ Helen and Sophocles’ Oedipus for the National; his original plays include Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 0870 154 4040, or visit www.ghoststheplay.com

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