The Lady from the Sea
A Co-production with Edinburgh International Festival



Ellida, the daughter of a lighthouse-keeper, lives a narrow life with a husband several years her senior. Full of longing for the sea and for a freedom she does not have, she is shaken from her lethargy when the unexpected arrival of a mysterious stranger creates a storm that threatens to submerge the whole family. He offers an escape from the stifling world she inhabits, and Ellida must decide whether to do her duty or answer the call of the sea…


This re-telling of Ibsen’s darkly beautiful drama unites awardwinning author Zoë Strachan and internationally acclaimed film composer Craig Armstrong. Though both have produced work for Five:15 – Operas Made in Scotland, this is the first time they have worked together. The production makes use of video design, playing to Armstrong’s extensive cinematic experience on films including Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!



The Lady from the Sea was performed at:


King's Theatre Edinburgh

Wed 29 Aug 2012

Sat 1 Sep 2012
Part of Edinburgh International Festival 


Theatre Royal Glasgow

Sat 8 Sep 2012

Sun 9 Sep 2012

Based on a play by Henrik Ibsen

Sung in English Running time approximately 1 hour 15 minutes