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Nora: A Doll’s House

A radical new version of Henrik Ibsen’s play by Stef Smith
Nora: A Doll’s House


‘You’ve lies in the whites of your eyes, Nora. What have you done…?’

Nora is the perfect wife and mother. She is dutiful, beautiful and everything is always in its right place. But when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, her life rapidly unravels. Over the course of three days, Nora must fight to protect herself and her family or risk losing everything.

Ibsen’s brutal portrayal of womanhood caused outrage when it was first performed in 1879. This bold new production by one of Scotland’s most exciting playwrights reframes the drama in three different time periods. The fight for women’s suffrage, the swinging sixties and modern day intertwine in this urgent, poetic play that asks how far have we really come in the past 100 years? 

Part of our Citizens Women season

Nora: A Doll's House will be presented at Tramway whilst the Citizens Theatre building undergoes an exciting redevelopment. For details on how to get to Tramway click here

Nora: A Doll's House is supported by Friends of the Citizens


In Conversation with Designer Tom Piper 

'Awe-inspiring, imaginative, insightful' - Audience reactions  

Schools resource: Jo Bowman (Assistant Director) talks about the creative process behind Nora: A Doll's House

Schools resource: How sound was used in Nora: A Doll's House

Schools resource: How movement was used in Nora: A Doll's House

    15 Mar7.30pm Preview
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    26 Mar7.30pm Post-show Discussion
    27 Mar1.30pm
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    30 Mar2.30pm Audio Described
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    2 Apr7.30pm
    3 Apr7.30pm
    4 Apr7.30pm Captioned
    5 Apr7.30pm Signed
    6 Apr2.30pm
    6 Apr7.30pm
  • Cast & Creative Team

    Director - Elizabeth Freestone 

    Writer - Stef Smith

    Designer - Tom Piper

    Lighting Designer - Lee Curran

    Composer/Sound Design - Michael John McCarthy

    Movement Director - Emily-Jane Boyle

    Fight Director - Raymond Short

    Assistant Director - Joanna Bowman


    Tim Barrow

    Michael Dylan

    Maryam Hamidi

    Anna Russell-Martin

    Molly Vevers

    Daniel Ward


'a beautiful and explosively significant piece of theatre'
- The Scotsman

'Anna Russell-Martin, Maryam Hamidi and Molly Vevers are fearless and heroic in the fire and life they bring to the roles.'
- The Herald

'a perfect adaptation'
- The Wee Review

'a provocation infused with Ibsen’s radical spirit'
- The Guardian

'Smith’s update is smart and thoughtful, balancing a sense of feminist history and activism with the tightness of a thriller and some rich personal drama'
- The Stage

'bold, exciting and gripping throughout'
- Broadway World

'Stef Smith does an excellent job of weaving together multiple threads into a rich and absorbing tapestry which is directed with clarity and purpose by Elizabeth Freestone.’
- Reviewsphere

'As a play, Nora is dramatic, stylish and entertaining.'
- Last Year's Girl

'director Elizabeth Freestone wonderfully acknowledges the battles women have faced over the last century'
- Qmunicate magazine

'a radical, innovative and clever piece of theatre'
- Across the Arts

'maybe we’ve not made as much progress in the last 100 years as we would like to think.'
- The Mumble


"I truly love the play and I didn't want to tinker with it. It had to be a version as radical as I could make it, as radical, in its own way, as the play itself."

​Stef Smith discusses her re-interpretation of Ibsen’s iconic play with Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman.

"I read A Doll's House, which I thought was extraordinary, and made me realise that a play could change the world"

Stef Smith talks to Neil Cooper in The Herald about Nora and why this important story of a woman finding her voice remains as relevant as ever.

"A radical new version of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House opens a season of plays by women writers in Glasgow next month"

Nadine McBay from The National discusses the upcoming production of Nora: A Doll’s House which launches the Citizens Women season


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Running Time: approx 2 hours

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