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Ibsen Revisited

One of the most important works in theatre history gets a sequel in 2017, with A Doll's House, Part 2. Written by Lucas Hnath (The Christians), this new play imagines Nora Helmer returning to her family, years after she walked out on them in the climatic moments of Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece. Held up as both a milestone for playwriting and women's rights, A Doll's House is certainly a hard act to follow, yet the fact that producer Scott Rudin is premiering Part 2 on Broadway suggests that Hnath's work is something special. And so it proved, with the production garnering eight Tony Award nominations, and winning the Best Actress Award for Laurie Metcalf's performance as Nora.

What is A Doll's House, Part 2 About?

A sensation upon its initial publication, Ibsen's A Doll House attacked the social and cultural norms of its day by telling the story of Nora Helmer, a woman trapped inside a suffocating, loveless marriage to bank manager Torvald. All her life Nora has existed as nothing more than a piece of property for a man, first her father and now her husband. She realises that to truly become her own person she must strike out on her own, and so leaves Torvald and her children in the play's final moments, slamming the door behind her.

A Doll's House, Part 2 resumes the action years later with a knock on the Helmer's front door. Standing on the threshold is none other than Nora. Why is she back? And how will the family she left behind react to her sudden reappearance?

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Performance date: 1 January 1970


Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre

Run time

1 hour and 30 minutes, no intermission

Cast and Creative


Julie White as Nora
Stephen McKinley as Torvald
Jayne Houdyshell as Anne Marie
Erin Wilhelmi as Emmy


Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Sam Gold
Produced by Scott Rudin
Scenic Design by Miriam Buether
Costume Design by David Zinn


2017 TONY AWARD Wins

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Laurie Metcalf

2017 Tony Award Nominations

Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Chris Cooper
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Laurie Metcalf
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Jayne Houdyshell
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Condola Rashad
Best Costume Design of a Play - David Zinn
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Jennifer Tipton
Best Direction of a Play - Sam Gold


Outstanding Actress in a Play - Laurie Metcalf
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Jane Houdyshell


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