Sherman Cymru

A Doll's House


9 - 24 October 7.30pm
Previews 9 - 11 October 7.30pm
Matinee 15 October 2pm
(No evening performance 15 October)
Captioned performance 22 October 7.30pm


£15 - 25
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price
Previews: £12 - £20
All tickets on Monday evenings £10

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By Henrik Ibsen
English Language version by Simon Stephens
Directed by Rachel O'Riordan
Designed by Kenny Miller
Composed by Simon Slater
Lighting Designer: Kevin Treacy
Assistant Director: Jac Ifan Moore
Casting Director: Kay Magson CDG

Approximately 2 hours 50 minutes including intervals
Late comers will not be admitted until the interval

Captioned Performance on 22 October

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Deceit, hypocrisy and power lie at the heart of Ibsen's tale of a family unravelled by secrets. Revived in a full-blooded production by director, Rachel O'Riordan (Iphigenia In Splott) A Doll's House has lost none of its power to provoke.

This is the story of Nora, loving wife and doting mother in a middle class household, seemingly content. Until a figure from her past returns seeking recompense, and Nora realises her life is not her own.

Shocking audiences on its first production, A Doll's House challenges perceptions of female roles, and gives voice to female repression.

Post-show discussions

Alongside the production will be a series of conversations designed to ignite debate, with post show discussions on Wednesday 14 and Wednesday 21 October.

Wednesday 14 October: Is Nora the only iconic role for female actors?

“The role of Nora has taken on iconic status. She is a symbol for female actors, both of what is possible and of how much they still have to fight for, when most plays and films still feature more male than female characters.” Susanna Rustin

Join a panel including directors Yvonne Murphy and Kate Wasserberg to discuss the perception of strong female roles in theatre.

Wednesday 21 October: Marriage: a trap?

“How to be true to yourself while being married and a parent, is not exclusive to women. And perhaps this is the most radical aspect of A Doll’s House: that it presents a woman's dilemma as a human dilemma, when so often women's stories are treated as a special subject of interest only to women." Susanna Rustin

A panel including guests from the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, Professor Joanna Latimer and Dr Dawn Mannay, discuss the role of marriage then, and now.


Alongside the production will be Hyena in a Petticoat, an exhibition by photographic artist Hannah Saunders in the foyer. The series responds to historic use of mysoginist language, starting with the nickname given to 18th century advocate of women's rights, Mary Wollstonecroft upon publishing her book 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman' in 1792. Until 24 October.

You might also be interested in Empty Deck's reading of Winterreise by Fredrik Brattberg on Saturday 24 October; a one act play that ruthlessly exposes what might be missing in us as mothers and fathers. To find out more click here.

Behind the scenes

To find exclusive behind-the-scenes content, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can hear more about the rehearsal process from the A Doll's House cast and crew, and our Assistant Director, Jac Moore, on Youtube, or watch the A Doll's House playlist below.

Foxy's Kitchen at the Sherman Theatre provides a daily menu of tasty treats. View our pre-theatre menu here.

Show Times

Friday 9 October (Preview) 7.30pm
Saturday 10 October (Preview) 7.30pm
Monday 12 October (Preview) 7.30pm
Tuesday 13 October 7.30pm
Wednesday 14 October (Post Show Discussion) 7.30pm
Thursday 15 October 2pm
Friday 16 October 7.30pm
Saturday 17 October 7.30pm
Monday 19 October 7.30pm
Tuesday 20 October 7.30pm
Wednesday 21 October (Post Show Discussion) 7.30pm
Thursday 22 October (Captioned Performance) 7.30pm
Friday 23 October 7.30pm
Saturday 24 October 7.30pm


"Every now and again, it’s important for theatre-goers to see a canonical play, if only to ascertain whether or not it deserves to remain canonical ... This is a gripping production of a remarkably prescient play." British Theatre Guide

"...a superb piece of theatre, with an outstanding central performance from Leila Crerar at its heart, one that proves that the Sherman Cymru, with Rachel O’Riordan at the helm, is a force to be reckoned with." Exuent

"In a tour de force portrayal, Leila Crerar is all girlish charm, lowering her voice in giddy excitement as Nora." The Sprout

Cast & Team

By Henrik Ibsen

English Language version by Simon Stephens

Director Rachel O'Riordan

Designer Kenny Miller

Composer Simon Slater

Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy

Assistant Director Jac Ifan Moore

Casting Director Kay Magson CDG

Alex Blake as Torvald

Leila Crerar as Nora

Meg Lewis as Helene

Paul McEwan as Dr Rank

Francine Morgan as Anna

Kelly Williams as Kristine

Robert Vernon as Krogstad


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