Here are just a handful of the fantastic reviews coming in for A Doll’s House
rv. Emma Cunniffe is superb as Nora Helmer, who moves from being a carefree young wife, to a troubled woman dealing with the despair of her secret being found out, to a strong woman who finally makes a choice which is right for her. On stage for most of the performance, she is convincing throughout. 4 stars.
rv. this landmark play carries a contemporary message that is executed with emotion and passion. It may have been ahead of it’s time when first published, but don’t miss the opportunity to see it now. 4 stars.
rn. The Public Reviews
rv. Freed from the confines of their former basement home, the Library Theatre continues to demonstrate a new lease of life. Bryony Lavery’s robust, very direct, conversational translation, gives the text a very sharp edge, further honed by Honer. Another Library success.
rn. Manchester Evening News
rv. Chris Honer’s production is slick and polished and feels very fresh and vibrant, despite the play’s age and the seriousness of its story.
rn. The British Theatre Guide
rv. An excellent cast captures every nuance of the work. Emma Cunniffe gives a remarkable performance as the cosseted and fragile Nora and it is amazing to watch her transformation from doting and obedient wife to a strong yet bewildered woman ready to face an uncertain future alone. Playing opposite Cunniffe as her obsessive husband Torvald is the outstanding Ken Bradshaw, who brings an unusual charisma to the sinister control freak who wears the veneer of the perfect, caring husband.
rn. Morning Star
rv. In the final analysis this is Nora’s story and Ms Cunniffe tells it with an hugely entertaining mix of delight, fear, foreboding and determination. She emerges from the doll’s house to become a stronger woman in an undeniably man’s world – bewildered yet strong – and that is exactly what Ibsen wanted us to see.
rn. Daily Post
rv. Nora’s possibly misguided, but well meaning, attempt to save her husband when he was ill many years before, unravels over the course of a few days, we are pulled into the action with her. I was nearly cheering her on as the scales drop from her eyes near the end!
rn. Salford Online
rv. For me, the most sympathetic character is Dr Rank (Daniel Brocklebank), a decent man whose has kept his true feelings for Nora close to his chest. Another triumph for Chris Honer who, when it comes directing, seems incapable of putting a foot wrong.
rn. Messenger Newspapers