A Doll's House description
A Doll’s House tickets – The world’s most frequently staged play
This time around Carrie Cracknell is the producer of A Doll’s House, the world’s most frequently staged play. It has been seen by countless millions worldwide since it premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, in late 1879, having been published just a few weeks earlier. It’s a marvellously intelligent production, with well-deserved credit to the Olivier Award-winning Simon Stephens who translated the script.
A three act play, it focuses on Norma, on the surface a typical housewife bored stiff of her dull banker husband, Torvald, who treats her like an idiot. In the past she had to lie to get a loan but now her lie is coming home to roost. The bitter bank employee Nils Krogstad is about to lose his job and decides to blackmail Nora, threatening to tell her husband and call the police.
Nora is desperate to prevent the truth coming out, doing everything she can do stop Krogstad. At the same time she is being pursued by the smitten Dr Rank, an old friend. Life is complex and dangerous, and as the story unfolds she realises her marriage is a complete mystery - nothing is what it seemed.
Ibsen’s sour view of marriage in the 1800s caused controversy, which you’ll understand as the plot continues to peel away layers of hypocrisy, revealing the peculiar 19th century marriage edifice for what it was. An early feminist, the playwright firmly believed that "a woman cannot be herself in modern society," because it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint.", and The Doll’s House makes his feelings perfectly clear.
When it first appeared the play was utterly scandalous. Despite the cultural differences of modern times, the story stands up beautifully to the test of time. It’s the world’s most frequently performed play. Generations of theatre lovers have become completely immersed in it, emerging dazed with the knowledge they’ve just seen something exceptional. And in 2001 UNESCO inscribed Ibsen's manuscripts of the play onto their Memory of the World Register to mark the work’s world-class historical and cultural value.
The Times newspaper hailed Carrie Cracknell's production as “beautifully directed”. The Observer said Simon Stephens' script was “intelligent and audacious”. You’re in for a treat, with the world’s favourite play performed to an unbeatably high standard.
We sell Doll’s House cheap tickets, and we’re delighted to provide the full range of seating from low cost to premium, all with excellent availability.
Playing at Lyric Hammersmith
A Doll's House news
- Playing at:
Trafalgar Studio Two
- Booking from: Tuesday, 6 August 2019
Saturday, 31 August 2019
- Running time: