Ibsen’s Play “Ghosts” Called “Crapulous Stuff”


Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts opens in London on this date in 1891. The play makes harsh commentary on 19th-century morality by including venereal disease, incest, religion, and euthanasia. The British public was largely shocked and offended by the play, with The Daily Telegraph calling it “Crapulous stuff.”

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