Stef Smith’s ‘Nora: A Doll’s House’ to open at the Royal Exchange Theatre on 4 March 2022

Award-winning writer Stef Smith will make her Royal Exchange Theatre debut this spring with her deftly beautiful 2019 play NORA: A DOLL’S HOUSE, a searing adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s original masterpiece A Doll’s House.

Directed by Royal Exchange Theatre Joint Artistic Director Bryony Shanahan, this gripping story of female empowerment opens the Theatre’s 2022 programme and will run from 4 March to 2 April 2022.

Three distinct and remarkable Noras, played by Jodie McNee, Kirsty Rider and Yusra Warsama, illuminate this cleverly distilled play by one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary playwrights. The cast is completed by William Ash, Naeem Hayat and Andrew Sheridan.

Spanning 100 years of women’s liberation from voting rights to contraception and modern-day life this is a muscular domestic thriller that packs a punch – a battle cry, a roar, a ripple of hope.

Nora Helmer tries hard to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect homemaker – but under the veneer she’s close to cracking. Finding herself at an impassable crossroad, Nora has a radical decision to make as secrets and lies tear at the seams, pulling apart everything she has ever known. Over a century after A Doll’s House shocked audiences with its stark portrayal of female married life, this searing adaptation is rooted in the women’s rights movement, exploring how tightly bound women still are by social convention even as the world seemingly opens-up.

The creative team includes: Designer Amanda Stoodley, Lighting Designer Louise Anderson, Sound Designer Elena Peña, Movement Director Rakhee Sharma, Voice Coach Natalie Grady and Assistant Director Darren Sinnott.

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