A Doll's House

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Avenue, London

Public Previews: 10 June 2020
Opens: 18 June 2020
Closes: 5 September 2020

Postponed - new dates to be announced

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Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30m
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
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A Doll's House

A major revival of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House in London starring Jessica Chastian

Nora, a young wife and mother is married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. Life seems content and settled until their marriage is threatened when a terrible secret from Nora's past comes back to haunt her and she begins to question their world. "And look at this. I got Emmy a house for her doll's. It's rather little. But she's only going to break it anyway."

Presented in an adaptation by Frank McGuinness.

The cast features Jessica Chastian as 'Nora'.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, with designs by Soutra Gilmour.

Norwegian-born Ibsen's classic play, first seen in London's West End in 1889, about the struggle between independence and security still resonates with audiences today. Considered by many to be the first truly feminist play ever written, it comes to a climax as Nora reject's her marriage and her smothering life in a man's 'dollhouse.' The story of Nora and Torvald though rises above simple gender issues to ask bigger questions: To what extent have we sacrificed our selves for the sake of social customs and to protect what we think is love? Nora's struggle and ultimate realisations about her life invite all of us to examine our own lives and find the many ways we have made ourselves dolls and playthings in the hands of forces we believe to be beyond our control.

A Doll's House in London at the Playhouse Theatre with dates to be announced


11th West End Revival 1946 with Angela Baddeley and John Stuart

London Revival 1953 with Mai Zetterling and Mogens Wieth

London Revival 1972 with Susan Hampshire and Keith Buckley

12th West End Revival 1973 with Claire Bloom and Colin Blakely

London Revival 1983 with Cheryl Campbell and Stephen Moore

13th West End London Revival 1996 with Janet McTeer and Owen Teale

14th West End London Revival 2000 with Anne-Marie Duff and Paterson Joseph

London Revival 2004 (German) with Anne Tismer and Jorg Hartmann

London Revival 2009 with Gillian Anderson and Toby Stephens

15th West End London Revival 2013 with Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan

London Revival 2019 with Anjana Vasan and Elliot Cowan

Henrik Ibsen's other plays seen recently in London include Rosmersholm with Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2019; Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson at the National Theatre in 2016; The Master Builder with Ralph Fiennes at the Old Vic Theatre in 2016; Ghosts with Lesley Manville at the Trafalgar Studio in 2013; and Brand with Ralph Fiennes at the Haymarket Theatre in 2003.


11th West End Revival 1946 with Angela Baddeley and John Stuart

Opened 17 January 1946, Closed 9 February 1946 at the Winter Garden Theatre (now rebuilt and renamed Gillian Lynne Theatre)

Translated by by Norman Ginsbury.

The cast featured Angela Baddeley as 'Nora Helmer', John Stuart as 'Torvald Helmer', Oliver Johnson as 'Dr Rank', Diana Graves as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', Abraham Sofaer as 'Nils Krogstad', May Hallatt as 'Anne Marie', and Ann Gee as 'Helene'.

Directed by Noel Willman, with designs by Molly McArthur.


London Revival 1953 with Mai Zetterling and Mogens Wieth

Opened 8 September 1953, Closed 28 November 1953 at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre

Translated by Peter Ashmore.

The cast featured Mai Zetterling 'Nora Helmer', Mogens Wieth as 'Torvald Helmer', Michael Goodliffe as 'Dr Rank', Rosalie Crutchley as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', George Rose as 'Nils Krogstad', Winifred Evans as 'Anne-Marie', and Sylvia Syms as 'Helene'.

Directed by Peter Ashmore.


London Revival 1972 with Susan Hampshire and Keith Buckley

Previewed 1 November 1972, Opened 2 November 1972, Closed 25 November 1972 at the Greenwich Theatre

Translated by James W McFarlane.

The cast featured Susan Hampshire as 'Nora Helmer', Keith Buckley as 'Torvald Helmer', John Grillo as 'Dr Rank', Sylvia Syms as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', John Nolan as 'Nils Krogstad', Daphne Odin-Pearse as 'Anne-Marie', and Marian Fiddick as 'Helene'.

Directed by Michael Wearing, with designs by Bernard Culshaw.


12th West End Revival 1973 with Claire Bloom and Colin Blakely

Previewed 12 February 1973, Opened 20 February 1973, Closed 30 June 1973 at the Criterion Theatre

Translated by Christopher Hampton.

The cast featured Claire Bloom as 'Nora Helmer', Colin Blakely as 'Torvald Helmer', Anton Rodgers as 'Dr Rank', Stephanie Bidmead as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', Peter Woodthorpe as 'Nils Krogstad', Nora Nicholson as 'Anne-Marie', and Dorothy Bird as 'Helene'.

Directed by Patrick Garland, with sets and lighting by John Bury, and costumes by Beatrice Dawson.

A transfer from New York's Playhouse Theatre where this production had run in repertory with Hedda Gabler (with the same cast members) from January to June 1971. Claire Bloom was the only member of the New York cast to transfer to London's West End. For London Beatrice Dawson was brought in to design the costumes (in New York the costumes had been designed by John Bury).


London Revival 1983 with Cheryl Campbell and Stephen Moore

Previewed 4 June 1982, Opened 17 June 1982, Closed 20 October 1982 (in repertory) at the Pit Theatre Barbican

Translated by Michael Meyer.

The cast featured Cheryl Campbell as 'Nora Helmer', Stephen Moore as 'Torvald Helmer', John Franklyn-Robbins as 'Dr Rank', Marjorie Bland as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', Bernard Lloyd as 'Nils Krogstad', Charlotte Mitchell as 'Anne-Marie', and Elizabeth Rider as 'Helene'.

Directed by Adrian Noble, with choreography by David Toguri, designs by Kit Surrey, lighting by Leo Leibovici, and music by Peter Washtell.

Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.


13th West End London Revival 1996 with Janet McTeer and Owen Teale

Previewed 22 October 1996, Opened 24 October 1996, Closed 11 January 1997 at the Playhouse Theatre

Translated by Frank McGuinness.

The cast featured Janet McTeer as 'Nora Helmer', Owen Teale as 'Torvald Helmer', John Carlisle as 'Dr Rank', Gabrielle Lloyd as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', Peter Gowen as 'Nils Krogstad', Illona Linthwaite as 'Anne-Marie', and Judith Hepburn as 'Helene', with Murray McArthur.

Directed by Anthony Page, with choreography by Caroline Pope, designs by Deirdre Clancy, lighting by Peter Mumford, music by Jason Carr, and sound by Scott Myers and John Owens.


14th West End London Revival 2000 with Anne-Marie Duff and Paterson Joseph

Previewed 31 October 2000, Opened 2 November 2000, Closed 9 December 2000 at the New Ambassadors Theatre

Shared Experience Theatre present Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House in London for a limited season

See Ibsen's classic as never before - through the eyes of its heroine. It is Christmas Eve. Nora wraps presents, decorates the tree and plays with her beloved children. But is this idyll a paradise or a prison? Nora must charm, delight and seduce if she is to survive. But every time the doorbell rings the outside world threatens to destory her fragile happiness.

In this new production Shared Experience Theatre bring their expressionistic approach to Ibsen's classic drama to reveal this dark and brilliant play in all its nakedness.

The cast featured Anne-Marie Duff as 'Nora Helmer', Paterson Joseph as 'Torvald Helmer', Pip Donaghy as 'Dr Rank', Francesca Ryan as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', Jude Akuwudike as 'Nils Krogstad', and Eileen O'Brien as 'Anne-Marie'.

Translated by Michael Meyer. Directed by Polly Teale with Yvonne McDevitt, with choreography by Liz Ranken, designs by Angela Davies, lighting by Rina MacHugh, and music by Gary Yershon.

Presented by the Shared Experience Theatre Company.

Shared Experience are renowned world over for breaking boundaries and creating highly charged physical performances including the critically acclaimed Jane Eyre and Mother Courage and Her Children.

"The set for this expressionistic production (a gaint doll's house in which the walls are hinged) is a rather old-hat stab at conceptual design. Here the play - with its gleeful bits of stage business and overcooked style and fake snow - looks and feel more like Dickens than Ibsen. The collapsible theatre aesthetic needs a rethink. Jude Akuwudike is sinisterly polite as the blackmailing clerk and Pip Donaghy pants like a dog as the aptly named Doctor Rank. While Paterson Joseph and Anne-Marie Duff, as husband and wife, give the lead parts plenty of wellie, they play to diminishing returns. It's a case of too much directional faffing about with the one author who won't tolerate it." The Daily Express

"You are instantly reminded of Alice in Wonderland. In a spartan, surreptitiously peeling front room stands a doll's house. A thin flurry of snowflakes drums against its tiny roof. Suddenly, the facade cracks open and hatches a young woman in a silken crinoline dress. It is Nora Helmer, who towers before us, flushed and trembling. Ibsen had his heroine come in through the front door, which must have looked just oh-so boring and conventional at the read-through of this Shared Experience production. The company has become renowned over the past 25 years for its strong ensemble ethos and experimental daring. This is the first time one of its shows has struck me as being bludgeoned by that working method. With adaptations of novels there is clearly a licence to chop and change. Director Polly Teale took some radical decisions in her treatment of Jane Eyre last year; it wasn't to everyone's taste, but it worked as "a version", not an exhaustive account. Here, she comes unstuck by overhauling a play that can stand on its own merits. The opening coup de theatre is striking enough, and succinctly represents the play's governing metaphor and (once highly controversial) action - that a woman's lot, as Nora learns to argue, is akin to that of a doll. The property and plaything of men must break free in order to find her true self. It's after this that things go awry. Teale keeps inflicting further currents of expressionism on the play's perfectly healthy naturalism. After two and a half hours, you can practically hear the subtext screaming for mercy" The Daily Telegraph

A Doll's House in London at the Ambassadors Theatre previewed from 31 October 2000, opened on 2 November 2000 and closed on 9 December 2000


London Revival 2004 (German) with Anne Tismer and Jorg Hartmann

Opened 11 February 2004, Closed 15 February 2004 at the Barbican Theatre

Titled: A Doll's House - Nora.

An adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play presented in a German translation by Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel.

The cast featured Anne Tismer as 'Nora Helmer', Jorg Hartmann as 'Torvald Helmer', Lars Eidinger as 'Dr Rank', Jenny Schily as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', and Kay Bartholomaus Schulze as 'Nils Krogstad', with Agnes Lampkin and Alexander Krebs.

Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, with sets by Jan Pappelbaum, costumes by Almut Eppinger, lighting by Erich Schneider, and music by Lars Eidinger.

Performed in German by the Berlin Schaubuhne Theatre Company and presented as part of the Barbican Internation Theatre Event (BITE:04).


London Revival 2009 with Gillian Anderson and Toby Stephens

Previewed 14 May 2009, Opened 19 May 2009, Closed 18 July 2009 at the Donmar Warehouse

Translated by Zinnie Harris.

The cast featured Gillian Anderson as 'Nora Helmer', Toby Stephens as 'Thomas Helmer (Torvald Helmer)', Anton Lesser as 'Dr Rank', Tara Fitzgerald as 'Christine Lyle (Mrs Kristine Linde)', Christopher Eccleston as 'Neil Kelman (Nils Krogstad)', and Maggie Wells as 'Annie (Anne-Marie)'.

Directed by Krif Yefet, with choreography by Aletta Collins, designs by Anthony Ward, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, and music and sound by Tim Phillips.


15th West End London Revival 2013 with Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan

Previewed 29 June 2012, Opened 9 July 2012, Closed 4 August 2012 at the Young Vic
Returned 28 March 2013, Closed 20 April 2013 at the Young Vic
Previewed 8 August 2013, Opened 14 August 2013, Closed 26 October 2013 at the Duke of York's Theatre

A major revival of Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House in London starring Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan

This revival comes into London's West End following two critically accalimed and sold-out seasons in 2012 and 2013 at the Young Vic Theatre when Hattie Morahan won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for 'Best Actress' for her performance as 'Nora'.

The cast at London's Young Vic in 2012 featured Hattie Morahan as 'Nora Helmer', Dominic Rowan as 'Torvald Helmer', Steve Toussaint as 'Dr Rank', Susannah Wise as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', Nick Fletcher as 'Nils Krogstad', Lynne Verrall as 'Anne-Marie', and Yolanda Kettle as 'Helene'.

The 2013 cast at both London's Young Vic and the West End's Duke of York's Theatre featured Hattie Morahan as 'Nora Helmer', Dominic Rowan as 'Torvald Helmer', Steve Toussaint as 'Dr Rank', Susannah Wise as 'Mrs Kristine Linde', Nick Fletcher as 'Nils Krogstad', Leda Hodgson as 'Anne-Marie', and Mabel Clements as 'Helene'.

Translated by Simon Stephens. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, with choreography by Quinney Sacks, sets by Ian MacNeil, costumes by Gabrielle Dalton, lighting by Guy Hoare, music by Stuart Earl, and sound by David McSeveney.

"Carrie Cracknell's continually absorbing production... Simon Stephens' translation feels direct and modern while Hattie Morahan delivers a tremblingly emotional performance as Nora, darting between frivolous girlish flutters, coy flirtations and wide-eyed terrified looks while Dominic Rowan is suitably patronising as her domineering yet besotted banker husband Torvald... The final famous door-slamming moment may appear subdued but this is a compelling evening where three hours fly by." The Daily Express

"There is so much to admire, artistically and technically, in this marvellous production that the risk is forgetting to acknowledge the emotional jolt. Hattie Morahan gives a breakthrough performance... Dominic Rowan's Torvald is also superb: while Morahan shows resourcefulness beneath fluttering, he has weakness beneath pomposity, and his dissolution into frightened hysteria is shocking... It is said that Nora's final slam of the door echoed down the feminist decades, but human nature doesn't date. Nor do themes of secret debt, anxiety over jobs, small desperate dishonesties and Ibsen's huge and humane truths about the fragility of shallow role-playing. There is laughter, too, when tension meets absurdity. Terrific." The Times

"Written 133 years ago, Ibsen's proto-feminist drama about a wife suffocated by belittling convention still feels freshly minted. Even more so in Simon Stephens's sharply modern adaptation, which accentuates the fierce economic prism through which struggling middle-class characters are compelled to view their lives - the word money reverberates through Carrie Cracknell's production almost like an incantation... While the exquisitely watchable Hattie Morahan captures Nora's contradictions - her febrile childishness and guileless entrepreneurial spirit, her innate understanding of sex as a form of currency - she doesn't resolve them sufficiently in the final confrontation with her husband, tipping instead towards hysteria. Dominic Rowan is excellent as Nora's husband, who gets off on casting himself as her protector." The Metro

"If you ever see a production of the play, see this one. The director Carrie Cracknell's version, in a sharp new adaptation by the playwright Simon Stephens, is a master class in slow burn. It plays upon our desire for a happy conclusion, whilst moment by moment - from Nora's breathlessly optimistic entrance with a Christmas tree at the beginning to the savage end - dismantling our sentimental illusions... Hattie Morahan's Nora strikes me as a once-in-a-lifetime performance: sexy, resourceful, desperate, defiant, she drags us through her domestic torment. Dominic Rowan brings whatever baffled dignity can be brought to the outof-his depth Torvald, and the rest of the company provide sure-footed accompaniment." The Sunday Telegraph

Hattie Morahan's West End theatre credits include Anna Mackmin's revival of Tom Stoppard's play The Real Thing playing the role of 'Annie' opposite Toby Stephens as 'Henry' at the Old Vic Theatre in 2010.

Dominic Rowan's London theatre credits include Thea Sharrock revival of Molière's comedy The Misanthrope which he starred in alongside Keira Knightley, Damian Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2009, Thea Sharrock's revival of John Mortimer's autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father in which he played the role of the son opposite Derek Jacobi as the father at the Donmar Warehouse and the transfer to the Wyndham's Theatre in 2006; and the role of 'Captain Peter Niles' in Howard Davies's revival of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 2003.

Simon Stephens' theatre credits include adapting for the stage Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at the National Theatre in 2012 and transfer to Apollo Theatre in 2013.

A Doll's House in London at the Duke of York's Theatre previewed from 8 August 2013, opened on 14 August 2013 and closed on 26 October 2013.


London Revival 2019 with Anjana Vasan and Elliot Cowan

Previewed 6 September 2019, Opened 11 September 2019, Closed 5 October 2019 at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre

A major revival of Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House in London

Calcutta. 1879. Niru is a young Bengali woman married to Tom, an English colonial bureaucrat. Tom loves Niru, exoticising her as a frivolous plaything to be admired and kept. But Niru has a long-kept secret. And just as she thinks she is almost free of it, it threatens to bring her life crashing down around her.

Tanika Gupta reimagines Ibsen's classic play of gender politics through the lens of British colonialism, offering a bold, female perspective exploring themes of ownership and race.

The cast featured Anjana Vasan as 'Niru (Nora)', Elliot Cowan as 'Tom Helmer (Torvald Helmer)', Colin Tierney as 'Dr Rank', Tripti Tripuraneni as 'Mrs Lahiri (Mrs Kristine Linde)', Assad Zaman as 'Kaushik Das (Nils Krogstad)', and Arinder Sadhra as 'Uma (Anne-Marie)'.

Translated by Tanika Gupta. Directed by Rachel O'Riordan, with choreography by Gauri Sharma Tripathi, designs by Lily Arnold, lighting by Kevin Treacy, music by Arun Ghosh, and sound by Gregory Clarke.

When this prduction opened at London's Lyric Theatre, Hamersmith, in September 2019, Dominic Maxwell in the Times said that this was a "fitfully fascinating and eventually mesmerising adaptation by Tanika Gupta... propelled by a stupendous performance of tenacious lightness by Anjana Vasan as Niru... Despite a middle section that meanders, it ends up an affecting, memorable reinvention." Jessie Thompson in the London Evening Standard highlighted how Rachel O'Riordan "breathes new life into Ibsen's proto-feminist classic while raising urgent questions about today. It's a smart and often witty adaptation from Tanika Gupta... Anjana Vasan is exceptionally good as Niru... And Elliot Cowan is excellent as buttoned-up Tom... O'Riordan and Gupta's innovative re-working of one of theatre's most performed plays feels as thrilling as it is politically astute." Melanie McDonagh in the Daily Mail commented that "identifying (Niru's] conversion to Christianity as a betrayal adds a new dimension to the play, which has enough emotional baggage already. Niru is not just her husband's plaything - she has sold out to the occupier, too." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph wrote that Rachel O'Riordan "gives us something bold and arresting: a rewrite by Tanika Gupta that shifts the action from 1879 provincial Norway to Calcutta at the height of the Raj. Broadly, as a concept, it works remarkably well... The pity of the evening is that having gone the extra (7,000-odd) miles, it doesn't quite deliver the goods in terms of atmosphere." Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times explained how "the new setting embraces the original's exploration of honesty and equality at a personal level and the restrictions on women in a patriarchal society... It works very well, bringing new weight to the plot." Heather Neill in the i newspaper described how, "under Rachel O'Riordan's fluid direction, Anjana Vasan is luminous as Niru, seamlessly combining the childish playfulness of the early scenes with terror that her misdemeanour will be discovered and, ultimately, a graceful but steely acknowledgement of previously hidden strengths."

A Doll's House in London at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre previewed from 6 September 2019, opened on 11 September 2019, and closed on 5 October 2019