The Lady from the Sea is one the lesser known plays of Henrik Ibsen.
Unlike many Ibsen plays, The Lady from the Sea is not full of doom and gloom, and – spoiler alert – all the characters end the play alive and hopeful for the future. Set mainly in gardens and beside the fjords in the light evenings of the north Norwegian summer, the play interweaves three couples plus a mysterious stranger. The themes include women’s rights, freedom and happiness in marriage. There are comedy moments, a teenager who speaks her mind (Hilde, who appears later in Ibsen’s The Master Builder), and a tense cliff-hanger end as we learn which path the restless, troubled heroine will choose.
The Everyman edition says “This mixture of psychology and poetic fancy is spun out of one of Ibsen’s basic beliefs that an action is only valuable and reasonable if it be the spontaneous outcome of the individual will”.
These enjoyable afternoons are great for anyone who wants to share in reading a script, read different character parts or, if you prefer, to simply listen to the reading and learn a little more about the background to the play.
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