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A Doll's House (Herzog)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  3w, 2m

by Amy Herzog
Adapted from the play by Henrik Ibsen

Nearly 150 years after Ibsen's celebrated play shocked audiences and ushered in a new era of theatre, acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog has reawakened the classic drama in a thrillingly efficient and contemporary 110-minute English adaptation.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: Six 2023 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play
    Winner! Three 2023 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Adaptation

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Summary
Ibsen's celebrated play thrust drama firmly into the modern age when it premiered in 1879. Now, nearly 150 years later, acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog makes freshly relevant a story that shocked audiences and brought forth a new era of theatre. Herzog's thrilling, compact and devastatingly contemporary adaptation runs a mere 110 minutes.
History
Henrik Ibsen's Et dukkehjem (A Doll's House) premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879. This adaptation of A Doll's House premiered on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre on 9 March 2023. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production featured Jessica Chastain, Arian Moayed, Jesmille Darbouze, Tasha Lawrence, Okieriete Onaodowan and Michael Patrick Thornton.

NORA HELMER – A wife and mother
TORVALD HELMER – Her husband, a lawyer
DOCTOR RANK
KRISTINE LINDE
NILS KROGSTAD – A lawyer
IVAR – 7, Nora and Torvald’s son
BOB – 5, Nora and Torvald’s son
EMMY – 3, Nora and Torvald’s daughter
ANNE-MARIE – A nanny

  • Time Period 19th Century
  • Setting The Helmers' Living Room. A small Norwegian town. 1879.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 105 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language

Media

“Shattering and exhilarating… a transfixing slow-boil take on the landmark Ibsen drama.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Compelling… exhilarating… Herzog’s dialogue, pruning the social floweriness and conversational whorls of Ibsen’s naturalism, gets right to the point of every line, leaving the text raw and red, as if exfoliated.” – The New York Times

“Smart and captivating… Much of the credit for this enticement belongs to playwright Amy Herzog, whose adaptation of the groundbreaking 1879 marriage story gives just enough of a contemporary spin – our protagonist Nora delights at the prospect of acquiring ‘tons of money’ – without sacrificing the emotional heft or power of more traditionally rendered translations.” – Deadline

“Shattering and exhilarating… [a] transfixing slow-boil take on the landmark Ibsen drama, which builds a bridge between its original 1879 setting and the present day in Amy Herzog’s laser-focused new modern adaptation... Herzog is one of the most perceptively humanistic American playwrights to emerge in the past 15 years, her sensitivity and gift for fine-grained portraiture on display in works like After the Revolution, 4000 Miles, Belleville and Mary Jane… She deftly condenses Ibsen’s traditional three acts into an uninterrupted two hours that heighten the original playwright’s intention to show the ways in which a patriarchal society stymies women’s personhood.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“It is a thing of beauty, this play… the story is clear, unmuddied by all the usual strutting and fretting… it’s thrilling.” – Variety

“Herzog's script functions well at reworking this 19th-century play into a form that will speak to modern audiences. There is no actual shifting of time, but the last long discussion between Nora and the clueless Torvald would be right at home in the 1970s and the second-wave feminist movement.” – Talkin’ Broadway

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Amy Herzog

Amy Herzog’s plays include Mary Jane (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award), 4000 Miles (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Obie Award for Best New American Play), After the Revolution (New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award) and Belleville (Drama Desk Award nominee). She received ...
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Henrik Ibsen

At age 23, Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) became theatre director and resident playwright of the new National Theatre at Bergen, charged with creating a national drama. He directed the Norwegian Theatre in Kristiana from 1857 to 1863, when the theatre went bankrupt. He then set off ...

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