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The Lady from the Sea (NHB Classic Plays)

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Ellida, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped in her marriage and longs for the sea. When a former lover returns from years of absence, she is forced to decide between freedom and the new life she has made for herself.

Relocated to the Caribbean in the 1950s, Elinor Cook's version of Henrik Ibsen’s shattering 1888 play about duty and self-determination premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2017, in a production directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

'One of the strangest and most haunting of Ibsen's works… Elinor Cook's sharp adaptation and relocation to a post-colonial British island manages to update the proceedings while also emphasising the social expectations that make this less of a paradise than it looks for the female characters in the play… draws on its Caribbean setting for some fine moments of humour' - Independent

'Elinor Cook’s new version clarifies a familiar text… the dialogue [is] updated with a good deal of ingenuity' - Guardian

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