A Doll’s House

Nora

Gillian Anderson as Nora.

Gillian Anderson has been starring in a new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Donmar Warehouse with Christopher Eccleston, Toby Stephens, Anton Lesser and Tara Fitzgerald. Tickets are completely sold out, but if you are prepared to queue from 8am they are selling a small number of cheapo standby tickets.

As a member of the comics jet-set I obviously don’t get out of bed before 9:30am, so I had one of my people queue for me. And it was worthwhile kicking them from out from their box under the stairs into the cold early morning air, as it was quite a spectacular production.

The critics aren’t very happy in that the original story has been rewritten somewhat, but as I’d never seen the original that was fine by me and nobody cares anyway as we were all there to see Gillian Anderson. Quite possibly the most beautiful woman in the world – all big, glistening eyes and pouty, quivering lips like a character from some romantic manga (but with a nose). Graceful, floaty loveliness …. sigh. And she can certainly act, too. Christopher Eccleston was also excellent doing his fiery, jug-eared Northerner thing (if OK! are reading this we saw him in a bar a couple of nights ago, very drunk indeed) and the rest of the cast were also brilliant.
Although I’d love to see a more faithful adaptation of this play to compare, I’d be quite happy with this production: witty, topical and very powerful.

4 Comments

  • Alex

    Caught this lastnight (although it did involve queuing at 8am with the rest of the common folk!) and it was well worth the wait!

    Having also not seen or read the original text, I didn’t have the objections that many others seem to have. As an independent piece, it worked very well – with good performances all round.

    Of course, there is no point in pretending that Gillian Anderson doesn’t steal the show!

    Great illustration… although the final costume of the night was by far the most eye catching! 😉

    • David

      Thanks! Yes, the last dress was quite something, but I liked the floatiness of this one. It made her look very graceful.
      And I agree – this version of the play does standalone well, regardless of the changes that were made. Glad you enjoyed it!

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