A Doll's House - Young VicCracknell & Stephens
Posted 30 June 2012 - 12:39 AM
Morahan fantastic, and Nick Fletcher (new to me) standouts.
Not on long, get involved!
(But got to the loo beforehand: Acts 1&2 = 1hr 45minutes!!!! Interval, then much shorter Act3.)
Posted 30 June 2012 - 08:47 AM
The set is certainly stunning - designed by Ian MacNeil (An Inspector Calls) - a real doll house with four rooms and a hallway, on a revolve, so that the action flows through all the rooms pretty much all the time. Director Carrie Cracknell has devised several domestic moments that Ibsen never thought of (because they would have been offstage) which bring us fully into the Helmer family routine. Never have the servants and children been so much seen.
This does have its down side however, especially in the great final scene, one of the most iconic scenes in theatre history. Without going into detail, I'll just say that the big surprise moment, so carefully set up by Ibsen, is totally undercut because we have been watching the preparations for it in another room. The famous finale of the play is also diminished. Sometimes a sound effect is better than a visual. Ibsen has not been improved upon here.
Hattie Morahan, a tall and gorgeous Nora, is not exactly doll-like ( and the doll motif is played heavily) but she is a compelling actress and she is on the verge of a great performance. Dominic Rowan was a fine Torvald until the last scene where he didn't rise to the occasion. But such judgments are unfair at this stage. It's a work in progress for all of them.
I was seated upstairs and had an audibility problem with a couple of the actors, especially Morahan. Don't know it it's the acoutics or not. I've not had a problem with her in other theatres.
And, oh yes, Nora's youngest child is a baby girl who was duly brought out ( in a doll's outfit) to the oohs and aahs of the audience. Of course while she was on - and she was impeccably behaved - no one was watching anything else.
As paultheatre noted, it's a very long first act - acts one and two are played together. The total running time is approximately 3 hours.
Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:21 PM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 10:12 AM
The set was amazing though. Such a doll house. I especially liked the scene where Nora plays Hide and Seek with her sons and the set turns around. You see all the dynamics with wonderful cello music playing in the background.
Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:13 PM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 07:53 PM
Posted 07 April 2013 - 07:39 AM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:15 AM
Seeing this tonight.
A deliberate mistake on the YV website? Hattie Morahan is referred to as 'Hattie Norahan'.
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