Full Length Play, Drama / 4m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
An adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's most notable play about a waning marriage and the social constructs between a husband and wife.
"...an adaptation must realize that the real key is not just how accurately they have translated the words in a given line but how accurately they have captured the way the line works. This adaptation [Wilder’s of A Doll’s House] is extraordinary. It is extraordinary." - Scholar David Hammond, Read full interview here
"It is to the credit of this interpretation, Thornton Wilder’s 1937 version, that you feel not only for the painfully enlightened wife but also for the bewildered husband in torment." - The New York Times
"If the familiar Henrik Ibsen scenes unfold with unaccustomed celerity and clarity, thank Thornton Wilder, who dashed off this loose translation in 1937 as a vehicle for Ruth Gordon […] Shorn of Norwegian weirdness (all those animalizing endearments!), the script achieves a more accessible, universal resonance. […] Long before she slams the door, Nora has the makings of a modern woman. She employs every resource at her disposal – from sexual allure to ‘diplomacy’ – to sustain a family life that happens to be a fantasy. Hers is no free ride." - Time Out New York
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: Victorian (British and American)
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The home of Thorvald Helmer in Norway in the late 19th century.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
Casting4m, 4f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)
- Roles for Children
Thornton Wilder's acting version of A Doll's House premiered on Broadway at the Morsco theatre in December 1937 under the direction of Jed Harris.