"Ghosts" (Gengangere) by Henrik Ibsen

Ghosts (original Danish title: Gengangere) is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It was written in 1881 and first staged in 1882. Like many of Ibsen's better-known plays, Ghosts is a scathing commentary on 19th-century morality.

The play was originally written in Danish. The word "Gengangere" is not Norwegian. The Norwegian word is "Gjengangere" but the translation is reasonable, literally translated as "again walkers". Norwegians also use the term about people who frequently show up in the same places, be they pubs, parties or first nights or other places or occasions.


Scene: The action takes place at Mrs. Alving's country house, beside one of the large fjords in Western Norway.


In order of appearance

  • Regina Engstrand, Mrs. Alving's maid
  • Jacob Engstrand, a carpenter
  • Pastor Manders
  • Mrs. Helen Alving, widow of Captain Alving, late Chamberlain to the King
  • Oswald Alving, her son, a painter

Production History

Date Venue Company 2021
Nov 10, 2002 East 13th St CSC Theatre Classic Stage Company
Oct 5, 1988 Union Square Theatre Roundabout Theatre Company
Aug 30, 1982 Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Mar 6, 1975 Susan Stein Shiva Theater Joseph Papp Public Theater
Mar 13, 1973 Roundabout Theatre Roundabout Theatre Company
1958 The Old Vic RSC x
Feb 16, 1948 Cort Theatre
Mar 21, 1937 Vanderbilt Theatre
Dec 12, 1935 Empire Theatre
May 23, 1933 Sutton Show Shop
Jan 10, 1927 Mansfield Theatre
Mar 16, 1926 Comedy Theatre
Dec 8, 1923 Century Theatre
Feb 7, 1919 Longacre Theatre
May 7, 1916 Comedy Theatre
Apr 20, 1915 Longacre Theatre
Mar 14, 1912 Garrick Theatre
Mar 3, 1903 Mrs. Osborn's Playhouse
Jan 5, 1894 Berkeley Lyceum Theatre
Mar 13, 1891 Royalty Theatre
May 1882 Aurora Turner Hall
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