The Lady from the Sea

Donmar Warehouse

The Lady from the Sea

12 Oct 2017 - 02 Dec 2017

£18.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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.


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“Kwei-Armah gives us a strikingly fresh sense of the fascination of the piece and of its forward-looking wisdom.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Cook’s beautiful new version is transporting... Amuka-Bird is radiant and terrified... Intricately feminist.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Amuka-Bird hits the right note of semi-detachment for Ellida without going airy-fairy. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Could have been written yesterday... Amuka-Bird is magnetic, embodying a gentle, poised longing and deep-seated unhappiness.”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Diamantine new performing version... Nothing is lost of the play's essence... Believable and real... Both lightness and depth.”

David Nice (Arts Desk)

“Enjoyably spiky humour, but little exploration of a scenario rife with post-colonial possibility... Amuka-Bird is excellent.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Cook’s new version clarifies a familiar text... Kwei-Armah: directs it with great panache... Excellently acted.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Earthbound and strangely passionless staging of Ibsen's slippery play.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Lucid if cautious reinvention... A solid production of a difficult play.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“A tricky blend of realism and feverish symbolism... Oddly sexless. There’s quiet passion, but not enough mystery or panache.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Wilson’s Bolette and Bamber’s Hilde are quietly glorious creations... Little sense of time or place... Calm and unexciting.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“While Amuka-Bird radiates an intriguing remoteness, she struggles to make her mark... The cultural context seems wishy-washy.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

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