An Ibsen masterpiece from Stamford Shoestring

A Doll's House with Kristine Linde played by Cathy Mellor and Nora played by Estella Todisco at the Stamford Arts Centre next week

A Doll's House with Kristine Linde played by Cathy Mellor and Nora played by Estella Todisco at the Stamford Arts Centre next week

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First performed in 1879, A Doll’s House, the latest production from the Stamford Shoestring Company, proved to be one of the most controversial plays ever staged.

It is the story of a marriage in which the dilemma faced by Nora, the wife and mother at the centre of the drama, provoked outrage in contemporary audiences.

Today this finely observed and sensitive masterpiece is regarded as the first great naturalistic play, in which psychological realism took precedence over romantic idealism.

Ibsen said at the time of writing: “A woman cannot be herself in modern society.” It is for the audience to judge how far we might have come today.

See it at Stamford Arts Centre, March 3 to 7 (7.45pm). Tickets £10 (£8concs)