Ghosts of the past haunting the present at the Sthal Theatre

Oundle Stahl Theatre
Oundle Stahl Theatre

The ghosts of the past come back to haunt the present in a play arriving at Oundle’s Stahl Theatre next week.

The work, entitled Ghosts, was originally penned by Henrik Ibsen and has been adapted by Alfred Enoch from William Archer’s translation.

As the story goes, Helen Alving is trapped in a world where the “dead ideas” preached by Pastor Manders rule outright, and her own family’s insidious legacy threatens scandal. She is desperately trying to conceal her husband’s philandering past by building an orphanage in his name, under the pastor’s guiding hand.

But the celebrated return of her estranged son Oswald brings Helen’s ghosts back to haunt her and all her hopes of success are soon reduced to ashes.

A spokesman said: “Though penned in 1881, it is not hard for us to see the parallels in our own society; the pious leaders of the past replaced with our own custodians of the status quo, and money their new religion...”

The play will be performed by Sell A Door Theatre Company and it follows on from sell-out tours of Spring Awakening, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lord Of The Flies.

Ghosts will be performed on September 19 and 20 at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £9.50. Ring 01832 273930.