One of the top 50 classics of world literature

Preview by Paul Nelson

THE Rose and Crown Theatre, GreenHill Productions and horla are to present A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, in a new translation prepared by Martin Adamson and adapted by horla.

Nora: A wonderful thing is going to happen.
Mrs Linde: A wonderful thing?
Nora: Yes, a wonderful thing! But it is so terrible.

First performed in Copenhagen in 1879, the play opens on Christmas Eve. Nora wraps presents, decorates the tree and plays with her beloved children. Excitement and love fills the Helmers' apartment. Nora is her husband's cherished 'songbird' and the romance of their marriage has been played out over the years.

But beneath the carefree surface of their lives, the secret of how Nora saved her husband's life begins to emerge. Is this idyll a paradise or a prison? Nora must charm, delight and seduce if she is to survive.

Tension increases as the characters react against one another and this taut and gripping drama ends as Nora demands her right to individual freedom. The play has been voted one of the top 50 classics of world literature.

Fiona Aldridge plays Nora, her previous productions include Me in CoTA's Me & Billy Joe McAllister (Rose & Crown, BAC), Daughter in Jacques & his Master (Young Vic Studio), Her in The Last Word Just Desserts New Writing Festival and Ophelia in horla's Hamlet (Rose & Crown).

Peter Winnall's experience includes playing the Home Secretary in the hit comedy Charlie Sexboots (Man In The Moon & Stratford Circus Theatres), Dr Fischer in Passion Play (Donmar Warehouse), Sergeant Collins/Horace in Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (Palace Theatre, Westcliff) and he has just completed a run of Peer Gynt (Arcola).

Chris Hastings' stage work has included a number one tour of Hen Party, the lead role in Hamlet and Not About Heroes (both Royal George Theatre), Mortimer in Edward II (Blue Elephant Theatre), Edmund in a modern adaptation of Lear (Jackson's Lane Theatre), Mick in Comedians (Camden People's Theatre) and Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill). Television work includes Mike in the award-winning Boyfriends for Central Television and Neil Harris in The Verdict for the BBC.

Recent stage work of Chris Courtenay includes new plays with the Debut Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Man Who Dreamed and The Legend of 463 Squadron (Etcetera Theatre) plus Immortal with Theatre West.

Lorna Doyle recently graduated from Arts Ed, and Mandy Wright (Nurse/Maid) trained at Richmond Drama School and most recently appeared in Saints Day at The Orange Tree.

Alistair Green's previous adaptations and directing credits include: GRIMMS (a feast of fairy tales), The Stratagem & Other Stories (Crowley, Poe), Sleepless Nights which included, to his knowledge, the first stage version of Guy de Maupassant's cult classic The Horla, Hamlet, The Jests of Skoggan, Don Q and the hard hitting The Last Word (part of Just Desserts Festival) - all for horla at The Rose and Crown Theatre.

Also The Magistrate (de Maupassant) at Camden People's Theatre, Poe as well as Berkoff's Decadence with GRiP Theatre, Kvetch at the BAC, and Beckett's curious Roughs For Theatre at The White Bear. He most recently adapted and directed the sell out production of GRIMMS II, which played at the end of last year making the Sunday Times pick of 'alternative' festive shows.

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen in a new translation by Martin Adamson adapted by horla, Directed by Alistair Green, Design by Tracy Waller, Lighting by Ben Pickersgill WITH: Fiona Aldridge (Nora), Peter Winnall (Helmer), Chris Hastings (Krogstad), Chris Courtenay (Dr Rank), Lorna Doyle (Mrs Linde), and Mandy Wright (Nurse/Maid). Presented by The Rose and Crown Theatre, Greenhill Productions and horla at The Rose and Crown Theatre, 59/61 High Street, Hampton Wick, Surrey, April 15 to May 3 (Tues-Sat at 8pm) Tickets 020 8296 9100/

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