A Doll's House

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Theatre revival

Young Vic

Until Sat Aug 4 2012

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Hattie Morahan (Nora Helmer) and Susannah Wise (Kristine Linde) © Johan Persson

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I saw the play last week, and left feeling rather disappointed. Maybe it was partly the story itself that I didn't warm to, but mostly it was Hattie Morahan's acting that I didn't enjoy. I thought she had gone completely over the top and just over-acted; too many weird faces, heavy breathing and mumbling. Not impressed.


Cracknell and Ian MacNeil have done a revealing work. They really produce the effect of a doll's house with the moving set. You get the sensation that you can see all rooms at the same time, like in an old doll's house in a shop window. And technically that is what Ibsen’s play is about: simultaneous actions happening in different rooms: the audience can only witness one, but is aware of all of them (and of their importance) at all times. This fascinating conception deserves five stars. But “A Doll’s House” is about Nora and Hattie Morahan is a weak Nora. She is so childish in all aspects that you are tempted to think that Torvald is right in patronizing her. And that is exactly what you should never think. Nora may be childish but she also has strength, intelligence and determination. Without these qualities her final outburst to start off a new life as a person might be seen as the latest whim of a spoilt child. And that is exactly what you should never see in Nora’s spellbinding outbreak.

Coffi Kup

Your review is too short, badly-written and ill-informed. Thatcher-esque is a lazy word in this context and the sentiment it evokes wholly irrelevant to this play and this production. This review does not do justice to the production or to Time Out.

Otto Figg

I think Andrzej has hit the nail on the head. I found Miss Morahan's portrayal thoroughly exhausting. At times I felt she'd be better suited to an all female production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. There was no light and shade. Just lots of 'Acting.' A performance in F5 lacking any sexual chemistry with anything on stage except perhaps the Christmas Tree. I don't think Ms Morahan can be entirely held to account for the bland, posterior-numbing, snooze-fest of a production. All of the characters barring Mr Fletcher's and Ms Wise's were just as two dimensional. Poor Dr Rank was so wooden he looked like he was competing with the dining room furniture. Mr Stephen's script is good and Mr MacNeil's set is impressive but dangerously hypnotic after its umpteenth spin. Come on, Young Vic, you are better than this...


People are entitled to their own opinions! This production was good, but not great. I personally thought Hattie was good (apart from her last scene, which I didn't quite buy). I was less impressed with the rest of the cast. Stakes were missing and the casting of a physically strong Dr Rank was odd!


Oh Alice, how dangerous people like you are as some people will look at your review and be put off going to the play. the acting, staging and direction were superb. It had a standing ovation when I went, which it well deserved. Hattie M deserves not only to be nominated as best actress, but also to win it. Highly recommended


Not sure what Alice went to see - maybe she posted on the wrong board! A most enjoyable production with an excellent cast. Highly recommended.


Really enjoyed the performance on Saturday night! The cast were excellent. Thoroughly recommend.


Couldn't agree less with Alice's review. Really enjoyed last nights performance and thought the casting was excellent. I heard no complaints in the interval or post-performance and would recommend it to others.


I saw this last night. It was one of the worst performances Ive ever witnessed. The audience were fuming at the interval. I genuinely dont like ranting online but for such a good team they made a total b*lls up of this. It is so misjudged in casting, screenplay, mis-en-scene. Im actually shocked that the Young Vic would allow this to continue. I’m still bewildered how they got this so wrong on so many levels.