Cathy Gill and Darren France lead a stellar cast in this classic play of love, fear and control.
by Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet, is often referred to as the ‘father of realism’. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare and A Doll's House became the world's most performed play by the early 20th century.
His work often examines the realities that lay behind many facades revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. He was not shy at humiliating the double standards of model strict morals of family life and propriety. He was acknowledged in his life, returning from 27 years living in Italy and Germany, to Norway as a famous and respected playwright. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902, 1903 and 1904.
Ibsen shaped his drama’s according to his family background - a merchant family of Skien. He was happily married throughout his life, and had one son, who became the Norwegian Prime Ministe, Sigurd Ibsen.
Ibsen's dramas continue in their influence upon contemporary culture and film with notable film productions including A Doll's House featuring Jane Fonda and A Master Builder featuring Wallace Shawn.
A Dolls House
Out of it’s Scandinavian box, the play examines universals: marriage and money are the scaffold. A Dolls House, hugely controversial when first published and performed in Copenhagen in 1879, is about the unravelling of a family. It is hard to ignore the play's strong feminist resonances in a culture where it is blindingly obvious that any woman who puts herself in the public eye will become a target for abuse.
Fri Nov 11 - Wingfield Barns
Sat Nov 12 - Roydon Village Hall as part of Diss Corn Hall on tour,
Fri Nov 18 - Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft,
Sat Nov 19 - The Cut, Halesworth,
Fri Nov 25 - Beccles Public Hall,
Sat Nov 26 - Fisher Theatre, Bungay,
Tickets £10 and £8.50