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A Doll’s House

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Written by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by the award winning writer Tanika Gupta, this new take on an old classic explores gender politics, ownership and race in 1879, Calcutta. 'A Doll's House' was directed by Rachel O'Riordan as the first production of her inaugural season as Lyric Artistic Director in September 2019.

The play is a set text on the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Drama curriculum. The resources available below have been created to support the teaching of this text to meet the requirements of this curriculum. You will find additional resources to support the study for Edexcel Component 3 Theatre Makers in Practice.  

Niru is a young Bengali woman married to an English colonial bureaucrat, Tom. He loves Niru, exoticising her as a frivolous plaything to be admired and kept. But Niru has a long-kept secret, and just as she thinks she is almost free of it, it threatens to bring her life crashing down around her.


Cast & Creative Team

Niru –  Anjana Vasan
Tom Helmer –  Elliot Cowan
Uma –Arinder Sadhra
Dr Rank – Colin Tierney
Mrs Lahiri – Tripti Tripuraneni
Kaushik Das – Assad Zaman 

New Adaption by Tanika Gupta
Directed by Rachel O’Riordan
Designed by Lily Arnold
Lighting by Kevin Treacy
Composition by Arun Ghosh
Casting by Stuart Burt CDG



Listen to an audio interview with composer Arun Ghosh, who wrote and performed the music of ‘A Doll’s House’:

Watch video interviews with the cast and creative team of ‘A Doll’s House’:

View a gallery of photos from the production in September 2019: