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by Stef Smith after Henrik Ibsen, directed by Bryony Shanahan
1918. 1968. 2018. Three distinct and remarkable women illuminate this cleverly distilled contemporary retelling of Henrik Ibsen’s play A DOLL’S HOUSE across three pivotal decades.
Nora Helmer tries hard to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect homemaker - but under the veneer she’s close to cracking. Finding herself at an impassable crossroad, Nora has a radical decision to make as secrets and lies tear at the seams, pulling apart everything she has ever known.
Over a century after A DOLL’S HOUSE shocked audiences with its stark portrayal of female married life, this searing adaptation by award-winning writer Stef Smith is rooted in the women’s rights movement, exploring how tightly bound women still are by social convention even as the world seemingly opens-up. This is a muscular domestic thriller that packs a punch - a battle cry, a roar, a ripple of hope.
Please note this show contains strong language, as well as very brief depictions of/allusions to intimate partner violence.
VENUE: The Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre
DATES: Friday 4 March to Saturday 2 April 2022
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
TICKET PRICES: Standard Tickets range from £10 - £37. Limited numbers of Under 30s and Pay What You Decide tickets are available.
BANQUETTES: £10 Banquette seats will be released at 10am on the day of the first preview.
PREVIEWS & £12 MONDAYS: All preview performances are half price and all tickets are only £12 on Mondays (not including previews).
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|Monday (preview)||07 March 2022
||08 March 2022
||10 March 2022
|Friday||11 March 2022||19:30|
|Saturday||12 March 2022||14:30 (C) & 19:30 (C)
|Monday||14 March 2022||19:30
|Tuesday||15 March 2022||19:30|
|Wednesday||16 March 2022||14:30 (SD) & 19:30
|Thursday||17 March 2022||19:30|
|Friday||18 March 2022||19:30|
|Saturday||19 March 2022||14:30 (AD) & 19:30
|Monday||21 March 2022||19:30|
|Tuesday||22 March 2022||19:30
|Wednesday||23 March 2022||14:30 (R) & 19:30
|Thursday||24 March 2022||19:30|
|Friday||25 March 2022||19:30|
|Saturday||26 March 2022||14:30 (SD) & 19:30 (BSL)
|Monday||28 March 2022||19:30
|Tuesday||29 March 2022||19:30
|Wednesday||30 March 2022||14:30 & 19:30
|Thursday||31 March 2022||19:30
|Friday||01 April 2022||19:30
|Saturday||02 April 2022||14:30 & 19:30
SD = SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCE
C = CAPTIONED
AD = AUDIO DESCRIBED
R = RELAXED
BSL = BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED
BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online.
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WRITTEN BY: Stef Smith
DIRECTOR: Bryony Shanahan
DESIGNER: Amanda Stoodley
LIGHTING DESIGN: Louise Anderson
SOUND DESIGN AND COMPOSITION: Elena Peña
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR: Rakhee Sharma
FIGHT DIRECTOR: Kenan Ali
VOICE COACH: Natalie Grady
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Darren Sinnott
CASTING DIRECTOR: Lotte Hines CDG
CASTING ASSISTANT: Olivia Barr
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER: Scott McDonald
DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER: Amber Chapell
ASSISTANTSTAGE MANAGER: Sara-Lee Bull
Captioned = Saturday 12 March 2022 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Audio Described = Saturday 19 March 2022 at 2.30pm
Relaxed = Wednesday 23 March 2022 at 2.30pm. A synopsis is available online for relaxed bookers.
British Sign Language (BSL) = Saturday 26 March 2022 at 7.30pm
NORA 1 / CHRISTINE 3
NORA 2 / CHRISTINE 1
NORA 3 / CHRISTINE 2
"THOUGHT PROVOKING, DEEPLY PASSIONATE AND INCREDIBLY POWERFUL"
Louisa Gregson - Manchester Evening News
"RABBLE-ROUSING CALL TO ARMS"
Chris Bartlett - The Stage
"STEF SMITH'S CLEVER AND ASTUTE ADAPTATION"
Glenn Meads - I Love Manchester
"THIS PLAY EMPOWERS AND CELEBRATES WOMEN"
Jess Dalloway - West End Best Friend