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Coming Up at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre: A Doll’s House


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 SeptemberThis 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 BookMacbeth 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

Mon-Sat 7.30pm

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