Theatre Night (1985– )
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Oswald Alving is dying. His mother is anxious to keep the precise nature of his illness a secret.


Elijah Moshinsky


Henrik Ibsen (play), Michael Meyer (translation)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Judi Dench ... Mrs. Alving
Michael Gambon ... Pastor Manders
Kenneth Branagh ... Oswald
Freddie Jones ... Engstrand
Natasha Richardson ... Regina


Oswald Alving is dying. His mother is anxious to keep the precise nature of his illness a secret.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







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14 June 1987 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Fine performances
21 December 2011 | by bob998See all my reviews

I had a job finding this entry in IMDb. It took me a few clicks to get to this performance on the BBC of Ibsen's great play. It is easier to Google the title than to find it here.

But to get down to particulars, I was very happy with this production which had some superb acting from the three principals: Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and Kenneth Branagh. The scenes of personal disclosure work very well. When Mrs. Alving tells Pastor Manders who Regina really is in Act 1, it is wonderful to see Gambon struggling with the damaging facts, looking for a way out that will benefit him.

Kenneth Branagh acts Oswald very well: that hesitant step, the unfocused eyes show us the progress of that disease that will incapacitate him before very long. His final scene with Dench is affecting.

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