The English critics were quick to condemn Ibsen and the audience, who attended its London premiere in 1891, and described Ghosts as “The most loathsome play that was ever put on... unutterably offensive... an open drain... a repulsive and degrading work... morbid, unwholesome and disgusting... an insult to the common-sense of all playgoers.” Today, Ibsen’s attack on social hypocrisy and moral cowardice is recognised as one of the great modern dramas. Iain Glen as Pastor Manders. Lesley Sharp as Mrs Alving. The translation is by Frank McGuinness and Glen directs. Previewing.