Everyone’s talking about A Doll’s House right now. It’s being shown, surprisingly, in two venues across London. In contrast to the West End production, Bromley Little Theatre presents Samuel Adamson’s (The Light Princess) version of the most re-mastered play in history.
The one hundred seater theatre has been home to a number of previously successful amateur performances and Adamson’s 2003 rendering is set to be as triumphant, demonstrating sell-out shows from its debut.
The acknowledgedly significant, yet often morbidly sold story of luxury, love and longing was once a great controversy when it first came to the stage in the late 19th Century. Writer Henrik Ibsen’s attempt at a moral consideration for women of the era has been frequently modified to fit fashionable attitudes of theatre goers; Adamson’s adaptation reflects interestingly on its audience of 2013. His amended version of the play draws its characters out of themselves, in an arguably refreshing rebirth of the original.
As ever, director Pauline Armour (Clybourne Park; All My Sons) aims to centralise focus on the cast’s commitment to their roles. Her direction speaks volumes in its attitude to contemporary audiences. Using Adamson’s modernised script alongside chicly muted costumes, this delightful rendition ignites all senses. Demure furniture adorns the stage, dramatic, classical music fills the theatre and it’s likely that every member of the audience wishes they had brought a sweet snack to nibble on as Nora (Laura Kenward) enters, pecking at macaroons.
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