A Doll's House at Lyric Hammersmith tickets
A Doll's House at Lyric Hammersmith tickets

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About the show

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House has been reimagined by Tanika Gupta for a sharp new production at the Lyric Hammersmith. Shedding new light on the Norwegian classic with a colonial Indian setting, the show plays from 6 September.

Set in Calcutta in 1879, this new version of A Doll’s House brings a fresh perspective to the enduring themes of gender politics and freedom, as Bengali protagonist Niru enters a mixed-race marriage with English bureaucrat Tom, who admires but exoticizes her. As Niru harbours a long-held secret that threatens the foundations of her seemingly ideal life, playwright Gupta’s British colonial setting gives urgency to a bold female perspective that explores race, ownership and the expectations placed on women.

Anjana Vasan stars as Niru, with previous credits including Summer and Smoke at the Almeida and Duke of York’s, and Rutherford and Son at the National Theatre. Further casting includes Arinder Sadhra, Assad Saman, Colin Tierney, Elliot Cowan and Tripti Tripuraneni.

A Doll’s House at the Lyric Hammersmith is adapted from Ibsen’s text by Tanika Gupta (Shakespeare’s Globe: Lions and Tigers, Birmingham Rep: Anita and Me) and directed by incoming Lyric Hammersmith Artistic Director Rachel Riordan (Royal Court Theatre: Killology). The show also includes design from Lily Arnold and lighting from Kevin Treacy.

Experience a touchstone of European theatre given new resonance by one of our foremost playwrights; A Doll’s House opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on 6 September 2019.

Recommended for

Fans of European theatre will want to check out this imaginative and significant response to Ibsen’s original play. Exploring themes that have long been relevant, A Doll’s House will only become more so with Tanika Gupta’s new adaptation.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 11+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 06 Sep 2019
Press night: 11 Sep 2019
Booking from: 05 Oct 2019
Booking until: 07 Oct 2019

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for A Doll's House, please check out our interactive Lyric Hammersmith seating plan with 271 seat reviews and 158 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square
London, W6 0QL

15 Reviews Add review

An excellent translation and reworking of Ibsen's classic into colonial India. Tanika Gupta's weaving of the classic plot with new... More

alicep6 5"3, 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A stunning production with some amazing actors. Beautiful setting of Ibsen's classic play in India with the continued theme of gender... More

sarahwells1 5”4, 72 reviews, 1 helpful vote

jbrown15 57 reviews, 0 helpful votes


jafriedland 5'0", 21 reviews, 1 helpful vote

mp 7 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Brilliant adaptation. Not one bad performance.

julierickwood 5' 6", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

didi1543 5'4", 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent acting particularly from the two leads. Staging was very simple - could have been improved.

sarahs53 1 review, 0 helpful votes

There was nothing I didn't like in this play (apart from the husband who went rogue at the end!) Great set, costumes and acting. Brilliant... More

angelas21 1 review, 0 helpful votes