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The Lady from the Sea

Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Frank McGuinness
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Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ellida is consumed by her longing for the sea, by the promise of the unknown. The startling arrival of a stranger stirs her desires and lures her back to the water’s edge. Now Ellida must confront both the past and a desire for freedom that could destroy her.

Frank McGuinness’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London, in April 2008.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian poet and playwright, was one of the shapers of modern theatre, who tempered naturalism with an understanding of social responsibility and individual psychology. His earliest major plays, Brand (1866) and Peer Gynt (1867), were large-scale verse dramas, but with Pillars of the Community (1877) he began to explore contemporary issues. There followed A Doll’s House (1879),…

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