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|Annis Returns in Ghosts
- Comedy Theatre to stage Ibsen classic
FRANCISCA ANNIS stars in Ibsen's Ghosts at the Comedy Theatre from April 2. The carefully constructed drama by the master of well-made plays replaces Under The Doctor, a shoddily structured farce doomed to early closure following bad reviews.
Award winning Annis' role as the betrayed wife marks her return to the London stage after a six year absence. Ghosts takes the death of a Norwegian woman's husband as its premise and explores family secrets like venereal disease, themes which have hitherto made the play unpopular.
No stranger to controversial drama, Annis famously performed Lady Macbeth's sleep-walking scene nude in Polanski's grim film of the Scottish play. She was last seen in London in 1995 playing opposite partner Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet at the Hackney Empire, and is also well known for her television appearances in Wives and Daughters and Reckless.
The staging of Ibsen's challenging masterpiece follows the Almeida's production of the no less explicit Lulu. Furthermore, Ghosts coincides with Noel Coward's Semi-Monde at the Lyric theatre, another play scarcely seen due to stage censorship and likewise produced by entrepreneur Bill Kenwright. The West End looks set for a sexual shake up.