The Ghost Sonata (Orig. Aavesonaatti)

August Strindberg & Laura Jäntti

Manipulation, alternative facts, and magic.

Nothing is what it seems in the exhilaratingly ghastly world of The Ghost Sonata. It is all magic and buffoonery, cruelty and fragility, haziness and clarity. A dreamlike surge is followed by a series of crashes; secrets are revealed, dreams shattered, winners lose and losers win.

The Ghost Sonata is a journey into a world of deceit, wrongdoing, and escalating pretence. Complexity of life, its messiness and tedium, man’s brittle illusions and tender dreams are upended in the cold light of day. The play is a devilishly sharp critique of the human condition and a fitting mirror to our time.

Performance is available in Finnish and in Swedish.

© Stefan Bremer
© Stefan Bremer


Nationally and internationally acclaimed director Laura Jäntti adapts and directs Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata at Espoo City Theatre. Three phenomenal performers, actor-mime-clown Siri Hamari, dancer-actor-singer Janne Marja-aho, and a pioneer of physical theatre Ana-Yrsa Falenius, rise to the challenge and lend their multifaceted virtuoso talent and compelling skills to task.


  • Adaptation and direction: Laura Jäntti
  • On stage: Ana-Yrsa Falenius, Siri Hamari, Janne Marja-aho
  • Translation: Lauri Sipari
  • Set & Costume Design: Milja Salovaara
  • Light Design: Joonas Tikkanen
  • Sound design: Tommi Koskinen
  • Make-up: Shina Sirén
  • Song: Markus Fagerudd
  • Production: Co-produced by Ulappa Productions and Espoo City Theatre
  • Supporters: Finnish Cultural Fund, the Swedish Cultural Fund in Finland, the Oskar Öflund Fund, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Antti Wihuri Foundation
  • Premiere year: 2021
  • Duration: 1h 15min
  • Audience: Adults
  • Stage dimensions: 10m x 8m x 6m
  • Technical rider: Download rider

Contact August Strindberg & Laura Jäntti

Suvi Ahoniemi

+ 358 505233099