A Doll's House

A Doll's House

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Thornton Wilder's scintillating version of Ibsen's classic play.

First seen on Broadway in a 1937 production starring Ruth Gordon, Wilder's version of A Doll's House was revived to great acclaim by TFANA (Theatre For A New Audience) in 2016.

Wilder uproots Ibsen's play from Norway and reimagines it through an American lens. Ibsen's naturalistic style melds with Wilder's knack for emotional nuance to create a powerful, unforgettable version of the play.

'The character of Nora has fascinated me for a long time but I felt that the play, in the form I knew, was too dated. I would not have been interested in accepting the part in the Archer version, because the lines were too stiffly artificial and lacked conviction. The Thornton Wilder adaptation, however, has restored life and credibility to a drama, which is still one of the finest efforts in our theatrical literature.' Ruth Gordon, Cincinnati Times-Star, 27 October 1937

'It's a thrill to encounter this collaboration between these two pioneers of modern theater. Wilder has created a brilliant version of Ibsen's great play, which is taut, conversational and pulsing with life nearly eighty years after it was written. Of course, Wilder worked on A Doll's House while writing Our Town. There are incredible echoes between Nora and Emily - two young women who poignantly confront their own mortality and must say good-bye to life as they know it.' Arin Arbus, director, A Doll's House, Theatre for a New Audience, May 2016

Book information

ISBN: 9781559365253
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Pub date:
Edition: First edition
DEWEY: 812.52
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: viii, 124
Weight: 209g
Height: 215mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 10mm