Opened 19 May 2009
Written: by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Zinnie Harris
Directed: Kfir Yefet
Cast: Gillian Anderson (Nora), Toby Stephens (Thomas) , Tara Fitzgerald (Christine Lyle), Christopher Eccleston (Neil Kelman) , Anton Lesser (Dr Rank), Maggie Wells
Synopsis: Nora loves her husband above all else. But when she risks her reputation in order to save his, she begins to question her devotion and finds herself fighting for her own life. Zinnie Harris’s new version is set against the backdrop of British politics at the turn of the last century, in a world where duty, power and hypocrisy rule. .
What the popular press had to say....
HENRY HITCHINGS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The production succeeds on the strength of the performances. But this fine group of actors...would have been better served by a different version of the play." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE INDEPENDENT says, "The play still bristles with hurt, relevance and anger, and didn't really need the political patina. Nice job, though." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Zinnie Harris's “new version” of A Doll's House has given Ibsen such a big twist that last night it seemed almost more about the careerism and cowardice of a senior politician than about the oppressive behaviour of a sexist male..." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "For all its ingenuity, Ms Harris's new version isn't much cop...Blessed with an outstanding company, Kfir Yefet's production delivers where it matters, though he could ratchet up the tension even more forcefully. Gillian Anderson...is a superb Nora...Nevertheless, I'd rather have seen this terrific cast in a faithful translation rather than Harris's hubristic adaptation." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Feels like a diluted version of a great play...Harris has simply fiddled around with the original and produced something that is neither flesh, fish, fowl nor pure Ibsen."
Production photo by Johan Persson