Following the recent announcement of its autumn season and fresh from Iphigenia in Splott’s huge success in Edinburgh and triumphant return to Cardiff this week, Sherman Cymru can now reveal the cast of its headline Autumn production, A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen (9-24 October).
An exceptional group of actors from stage and screen will form the cast of Rachel O’Riordan’s bold new staging of playwright Simon Stephen’s version of the Ibsen masterpiece.
A Doll’s House tells the story of Nora, loving wife and doting mother, seemingly content in her middle-class household. That is, until a figure from her past unlocks a chain of events to unearth Nora’s secret, unravelling her relationships and revealing the reality of her life and situation. Originally produced in Norway in 1879, A Doll’s House shocked audiences with its provocative challenge to the accepted view of a woman’s role within marriage. The play continues to tell a timeless and relevant story that explores women’s sacrifices, and one woman’s realisation of the constraints of money, marriage and motherhood to her own identity and purpose.
L-R: Francine Morgan, Robert Vernon, Leila Crerar, Paul McEwan, Kelly Williams, Alex Blake.
Nora will be played by Leila Crerar (Frantic Assembly’s Othello, Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure, BBC Wales’ Belonging and recently Mr Selfridge, ITV). Joining her will be a cast of familiar faces: Alex Blake (Wizards Vs Aliens, BBC); Paul McEwan (Peaky Blinders, BBC, Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Company); Francine Morgan (The Passion, National Theatre Wales); Kelly Williams (Beasts & Beauties and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Bristol Old Vic); and Robert Vernon (Beauty and the Beast, Sherman Theatre and Wuthering Heights, Aberystwyth Arts Centre).
Director Rachel O’Riordan said: “This play originally shocked audiences, depicting a woman who realises she is deeply constrained and unhappy in her role as wife and mother. Nora heralded a new female agency in modern theatre. This discourse around accepted female roles in society remains relevant now.”
A Doll’s House plays at Sherman Theatre from Friday 9 October to Sunday 24 October 2015.
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