Artistic Director, Rachel O’Riordan’s debut season at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre opens with Tanika Gupta’s award-winning adaptation of A Doll’s House on Friday 06 September. This new take on an old classic, originally written by Henrik Ibsen, explores gender politics, ownership and race in 1879, Calcutta.
The production runs from Friday 06 September to Saturday 05 October.
Niru is a young Bengali woman married to an English colonial bureaucrat, Tom. He loves Niru, exoticising her as a frivolous plaything to be admired and kept. But Niru has a long-kept secret, and just as she thinks she is almost free of it, it threatens to bring her life crashing down around her.
Niru – Nora in the original – is played by Anjana Vasan, (Rutherford and Son at the National Theatre; Summer and Smoke at the Almeida/West End) and Tom Helmer – originally Torvald – is played by Elliot Cowan, known for his Ian Charleson Award nominated portrayal of Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Anjana and Elliot will be joined by Arinder Sadhra (Icarus at the Unicorn Theatre, War Horse at the National Theatre, Redefining Juliet at the Barbican) as Uma, Colin Tierney (The Girl on the Train at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The March on Russia at the Orange Tree Theatre, All Our Children at Jermyn Street Theatre) as Dr Rank, Tripti Tripuraneni (Much Ado About Nothing at Watford Palace Theatre, UK Tour of Jungle Book, Macbeth at the National Theatre) as Mrs Lahiri, and Assad Zaman (White Teeth at the Tricycle Theatre, Coriolanus and Salome at the RSC, and Arms And The Man at the Watford Palace) as Kaushik Das.
New Adaption by Tanika Gupta
Directed by Rachel O’Riordan
Designed by Lily Arnold
Lighting by Kevin Treacy
Composition by Arun Ghosh
Casting by Stuart Burt CDG
A Doll’s House
Friday 06 September – Saturday 05 October
Also Weds 1.30pm and Sat at 2.30pm
Free First Night: Friday 06 September
Press Performance: Wednesday 11 September, 7pm
Open Captioned Performance: Saturday 28 December, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 28 September, 7.30pm
Preview Tickets from £10 | Tickets from £15