David Eldridges new version of Ibsens classic play, published to coincide with the production at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.When the lighthouse keepers daughter Ellida meets the widower Dr Wangel, she tries to put her long-lost first love far behind her and begin a new life as a wife and stepmother. But the tide is turning, an English ship is coming down the fjord, and the undercurrents threaten to drag a whole family beneath the surface in this passionate and sweeping drama. Ellida must choose between the values of the land: solidity and reliability against those of the sea: mystery and fluidity. Ibsens lyrical masterpiece includes powerful symbolism and supernatural overtones. Similar to Hedda Gabler and A Dolls House, The Lady from the Sea looks at the constrained social position of women, exploring themes of choice, marriage, responsibility and freedom. David Eldridges translation is sensitive to Ibsens language, subtle and faithful, and makes this classic play accessible to the English reader without compromising any of the originals intensely poetic and atmospheric tone.

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