Shakespeare’s Globe announces cast of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Casting has been announced for Shakespeare’s Globe’s upcoming production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts.

The show will open the 10th Anniversary Season at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, running from 10 November 2023 – 28 January 2024.

Adapted and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, Almeida and Edward II, National), this marks the first time that Ibsen has been performed at Shakespeare’s Globe.

The cast of Ghosts comprises Greg Hicks, Paul Hilton, Hattie Morahan, Sarah Slimani and Stuart Thompson.

Plagued by the ugly truth of her late husband’s legacy, Helene vows to erase the past and start again.

Ignorant to the reality of his father’s character, Osvald, her son, returns home to face an uncertain future. But when the ember of an illicit romance stands to ruin Helene’s plans to play happy family, she is forced to make a decision that threatens to engulf what’s left of her – and her son’s – life completely.

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins says: “It’s a privilege to be staging Ibsen at Shakespeare’s Globe for the very first time, and also to be opening the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse’s 10th Anniversary Season. I’m excited to light the candles and see what emerges from Ibsen’s exploration of forbidden desire, and of the social, biological and emotional forces that entrap us.”

The production team features associate director Lucy Wray, costume and set design by Rosanna Vize, costume supervision by Megan Rarity, Globe associate (movement) Glynn Macdonald, head of voice Tess Dignan, intimacy direction by Haruka Kuroda. Ghosts was cast by Becky Paris, Head of Casting at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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