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A Doll’s House at the Young Vic

April 23, 2013

What a very clever play. Henrik Ibsen‘s “A Doll’s House” takes place in the Helmers’ house in a town in Norway in 1878. This english language version was by Simon Stephens who very successfully recently adapted Mark Haddon‘s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time“. Ibsen and Stephens make an excellent combination producing a text which positively sparkles.

Ian MacNeil‘s contemporary set at the Young Vic is a full scale model of the family apartment with four separate rooms and a hall which spins on a round table. The play opens with the set spinning as the family prepare for Christmas. The combination of spinning set, carefully choreographed movement of the actors and haunting music creates one of the most interesting openings I have ever seen on stage.

The central character Nora Helmer is played by Hattie Morahan. She has extended what I thought was possible on stage in bringing the transformational inner psychology of a character to the surface through her actions. What a brilliant performance. Unmissable for anyone with an interest in theatre and its exploration of the human spirit.

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