Review: Nora: A Doll’s House, Young Vic

Published in The Observer February 16, 2020

It’s often said that Nora’s slam of the door as she walks out on her husband and children at the end of A Doll’s House has echoed down the centuries. In Stef Smith’s smart new version of Ibsen’s 1879 play, her story certainly reverberates: Smith reimagines Nora in 1918, in 1968, and in 2018.

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Richard Eyre and Lydia Leonard on dialing up Ibsen

Published in The Independent on November 24, 2015

Richard Eyre is going for an Ibsen hat-trick. After two acclaimed productions of the Norwegian playwright at the Almeida in London – Hedda Gabler in 2005, starring a scorching Eve Best alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and the award-garlanded Ghosts with Lesley Manville in 2013 – he’s back at the same theatre with Little Eyolf. Written in 1894, it’s a later and comparatively little-performed work. Continue reading “Richard Eyre and Lydia Leonard on dialing up Ibsen”