Ground-Breaking Feminist Classic Comes To Richmond
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
The world premiere of a brand new English version of A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking play about marriage, money and the freedom of women in the late 19th century – will be performed at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Friday 31 October at 7.30pm.
The production is part of a national tour by UK Touring Theatre who are bringing this adaptation of the Scandanavian classic to audiences between September and November. It follows the success of the company’s highly-acclaimed national tour of Strindberg’s Miss Julie in 2013.
Set in 19th century Norway, A Doll’s House explores the relationship of Torvald and Nora Helmer, whose ‘perfect’ marriage is not what it seems. The play shocked and divided critics across Europe with its depiction of a woman struggling to survive in a man’s world, and Nora’s rejection of the ‘ideal’ family life. The opinions of audiences were also divided. So much so, that invitations to social gatherings at the time would often include the note: “You are requested not to mention Ibsen’s Doll’s House!” Now widely regarded as Ibsen’s masterpiece, it has received worldwide critical acclaim and in 2006 it was the world’s most performed play.
Director Michael Woodwood said, “A Doll’s House is a very powerful piece. Every woman can relate to Nora and the social roles that she plays, as daughter, wife and mother. Every woman should see this play once in their lifetime.”
UK Touring Theatre are well-known for producing exciting new translations of classic European plays, and are committed to bringing classic theatre to venues large and small across the UK.