Feminist masterpiece on Welwyn Garden City stage

PUBLISHED: 10:36 10 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:36 10 October 2014

A Doll's House can be seen on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

A Doll's House can be seen on stage at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

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A groundbreaking feminist classic comes to the Welwyn Garden City stage this weekend as part of a national tour.

UK Touring Theatre presents the world premiere of a new English version of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen’s play about marriage, money, and the freedom of women in the late 19th century.

Following the success of its production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie last year, the highly-acclaimed company returns to the Hawthorne Theatre on Saturday, with another Scandinavian classic.

A Doll’s House is set in 19th century Norway, and this powerful new production 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.

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 is renowned for producing exciting new translations of classic European plays.

* Tickets for A Doll’s House are priced £15 full and £12 concessions. They can be purchased from the box office on 01707 357117 or online at www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk

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