Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE GB

A Doll's House

A Doll's House Tickets

4.8/5 - based on 9 reviews
  • Booking until: Sunday, 5 September 2021
  • Starring: Jessica Chastain
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About A Doll's House

Important Information

12 August 2020 – Audio Described Performance

19 August 2020 – Captioned Performance

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Sunday, 5 September 2021
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -

Jessica Chastain

A Doll's House description

A Doll's House – Starring Jessica Chastain as Nora

Everyone's on the edge of their seats looking forward to the brand new season directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Playhouse theatre. And this, Ibsen's A Doll's House, is in the capital for the summer of 2020. It stars the two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, who plays Nora, on stage in Britain for the first time. It's a fresh version of the play by Frank McGuinness, and it comes with immaculate creative credentials. What a treat!

A Doll's House – The story

This extraordinary play caused a real scandal when it was first published in 1879. At the time in Norway, very like here, there were few if any chances for married or single women to enjoy fulfilling lives in a male-dominated world. No wonder it caused such a widespread storm of controversy.

This plot tells the story of a woman who struggles to navigate the misogynistic world she's trapped in. It's being billed as a fresh interpretation of a classic that remains, sadly, as relevant as ever a hundred and forty or so years after it was written. True equality remains something to aim for.

In 2006, the centennial anniversary of the playwright's death, A Doll's House became the world's most performed play of the year. The inspiration was a woman called Laura Kieler, Ibsen's good friend. Laura wanted money to find a cure for her husband's TB and wrote to Ibsen, asking him to recommend her work to his publisher so she could sell her book. The publisher refused so she forged a cheque and was found out. Her husband discovered the 'crime', divorced her and committed her to an asylum. Two years later she was released and went on to become a respected author. Ibsen wrote the play at the time she was sent to the asylum.

About Jessica Chastain

The wonderful Jessica Chastain is known and loved for award-winning screen performances. They include a Golden Globe winner of a role in Zero Dark Thirty and a stunning Academy Award-nominated performance in The Help. This is her West End debut.

Who is this show for?

A Doll's House is recommended for people aged 11 or more.

A Doll's House reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews

What to expect:


Recommended for:

Anyone (33%)
Families (33%)
Teenagers (44%)
Couples (78%)
Theatregoers (100%)
Latest customer reviews
Stunning Hattie!

Hattie Morahan was sensational in this show. Sadly yesterday was the end of the season!

Reviewed on 27 October 2013 by

A truly memorable and uplifting theatrical experience

This was a stunning production, a real privilage to have witnessed. As a lad of fourteen in 1953, I saw Mai Zetterling in the role of Nora at the Lyric Hammersmith and became a devoted fan. However, Hattie Morohan's portrayal last night was simply spell binding, a master class. However, it would be remiss of me to not heap equal praise on the whole cast and production team who made our journey down from the Cotswolds so rewarding and memorable. My wife and I cannot thank you all enough. We wish you every success in all your future endeavours, Sincerely, Victor S Bennie

Reviewed on 25 October 2013 by

thought provoking

Thought provoking show highlighting marital discord. Not recommended for those experiencing relationship issues

Reviewed on 24 October 2013 by

A Doll's House is mesmerising

Reviewed on 20 October 2013 by


Usually I find Ibsen sleep inducing. Not so in this stunning production of Doll ' s House. Brilliant acting, sets, modern and relevant feel despite set in ibsens time. Loved it, and didn't zzzzz once!

Reviewed on 13 September 2013 by

Never thought Ibsen could be so riveting!

Excellent acting and top direction. Fantastic all round

Reviewed on 07 September 2013 by


A superb production of a well known but endlessly seeable play.

Reviewed on 30 August 2013 by


Extremely competent production although first hallf was slightly too long.

Reviewed on 29 August 2013 by

An excellent production

We enjoyed this production very much. Pity the start was delayed by technical faults.

Reviewed on 10 August 2013 by

27 Jan
Josephine Balfour-Oatts

Jessica Chastain To Make Her UK Stage Debut In A DOLL'S HOUSE

by Josephine Balfour-Oatts | Monday, January 27 2020, 09:42

Jessica ChastainIt's true! Jessica Chastain is London-bound this summer, and set to star in a new adaptation of A Doll's House at The Playhouse Theatre. You heard it here first.

Jessica Chastain To Make Her UK Stage Debut In A DOLL'S HOUSE