Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Preview: A Doll’s House at The Customs House

Groundbreaking Feminist Classic
Comes to South Shields

A Doll’s House

South Shields Customs House

Monday 6th October 2014

This Autumn, UK Touring Theatre presents 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. 

Following the success of their highly-acclaimed national tour of Strindberg’s Miss Julie in 2013, this powerful new production of another Scandinavian classic is touring to theatres across the UK from September to November, coming to The Customs House on Monday 6 October.

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 renowned for producing exciting new translations of classic European plays, and are committed to bringing classic theatre to venues large and small across the UK.

Tickets for A Doll’s House are priced at £12 and can be purchased from the Box Office on 0191 454 1234 or online at

A Doll’s House
Produced by UK Touring Theatre
Written by Henrik Ibsen and translated by the company
Directed by Michael Woodwood
Lighting Design by Crin Claxton
Cast: Felicity Rhys, Adam Redmayne, Laura-Kate Gordon, Christopher Llewellyn

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On Tour:
2-3 October – Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
4 October – Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
6 October – The Customs House, South Shields
7 October – Alnwick Playhouse
9 October – Queen’s Hall Theatre, Cranbrook
11 October – Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City
13 October – Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
14 Ocober – Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli
15 October – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale
16 October – The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University
17 October – Uppingham Theatre
20 October – Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
21 October – Loughborough Town Hall
22 October – The Castle, Wellingborough
23 October – Burnley Mechanics, Burnley
28 October – St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth
29 October – Bonington Theatre, Nottingham
30 October – Lancaster Grand Theatre
31 October – Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
3 November – Theatre Royal Margate
4-5 November – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
6 November – Sundial Theatre, Cirencester
7 November – Merlin Theatre, Frome
8 November – Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe
10-11 November – Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
12 November – Lakeside Theatre, Colchester
13-15 November – The Dugdale Centre, Enfield

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