About the showAfter two sell out seasons at the Young Vic Theatre, Carrie Cracknell's production of Henrik Ibsen's classic play 'A Doll's House' transfers to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run. Multi award-winning Hattie Morahan reprises her role as Nora Helmer, a performance that earned her much critical praise and was described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'a performance of a lifetime'. Ibsen's text is adapted by Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens, who manages to keep the beauty of the play whilst making it current and relevant for a modern audience.
Ibsen's play originally opened in Denmark in 1879, where it managed to create quite a stir. The play is often cited as the beginning of the early modernist movement due to its exploration of 19th century attitudes towards marriage, and was frequently banned in countries around Europe. The play has since become popular all over the world, and is now one of the most performed plays, and Ibsen's most celebrated work.
'A Doll's House' is a domestic drama surrounding Nora and her husband Torvald. After taking out a lone before her marriage, Nora tries to hide this from her husband, but is blackmailed by a bitter employee which puts her in a desperate situation. As she fights to keep the secret from breaking down her marriage, her beliefs and values are thrown up in the air, and she is forced to make a dramatic gesture to save her self.
Morahan will be joined by other members of the original Young Vic cast, including Dominic Rowan as Torvald, Nick Fletcher as Krogstad and Steve Toussaint as Doctor Rank.
Who Should See It?Those who have enjoyed other recent revivals of Ibsen's work, such as 'Hedda Gabler' at the Old Vic will appreciate seeing another masterpiece written for a strong female actress. Fans of classic drama will also enjoy this spectacular revival in its new West End setting.
Awards2012 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress: Hattie Morahan
2012: Critic's Circle Award for Best Actress
2012: Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Play