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19 March 2020

A Young Vic and Citizens Theatre co-production

Nora: A Doll's House: Relaxed Performance

A radical new version of Henrik Ibsen’s play by Stef Smith
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone

Thursday 19 March 2020 

£10, £20, £32, £43

Main House

Relaxed performance of Nora: A Doll's House

Relaxed Performances offer a warm welcome to people who feel they would benefit from a more relaxed environment when watching a show. They give everyone permission to relax and respond naturally to the production.

What is different about this performance?

  • Before the show starts, a member of our Front of House team will introduce themselves and our team of friendly ushers who will be on hand throughout the performance to provide assistance should anyone require it.
  • This introduction will also let everyone know that there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement from the audience during this performance. 
  • There will be an open-door policy in the auditorium, so audience members can come and go as they please throughout the performance .
  • There is a designated 'chill-out space' in a separate room outside the auditorium for guests who may need quiet time away from the performance. 
  • We will be adding some content advisory notes to this page, they will be added a few weeks before the performance to help you decide whether this performance is for you.

Who is a relaxed performance for?

Anyone should feel welcome to attend. There are many reasons why people may benefit from a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement from the audience. Some people may choose to attend as part of an access requirement, as well as for many other reasons. 

Wheelchair users

Wheelchair users can book tickets online, choosing from the available wheelchair positions marked with a wheelchair symbol. If you require a transfer and/or a free companion ticket, please select the relevant ticket price type after selecting your seat. This will ensure we can prepare the seating area accordingly ahead of your visit.

Companion Tickets

If you have access requirements which mean you require a companion to accompany you on your visit, please select a free companion ticket price on the seat beside your full price seat.

Free companion tickets are capped online, so please only book if you require one, in order to be as fair as possible to those who cannot attend without a companion. 

Can people with babies attend?

The age recommendation of Nora: A Doll's House remains at 14+, however if you have babes in arms and find it difficult to attend the theatre because of childcare requirements, then a relaxed performance may be beneficial for you. Please select the Adult with baby ticket if you are bringing a babe in arms. Only one baby can be brought with each adult, so if you wish to bring more than one baby to the show you will need an equal number of adults to hold them in their laps.

The Young Vic has a relaxed attitude to breastfeeding/ expressing in all areas of the building, and we have change stations in private cubical toilets on both levels of our cafe/ bar area. At this performance, we will provide storage space for buggies/ prams/ strollers. To guarantee a buggy space, please select a Buggy Park ticket when you purchase your show ticket.

NORA: A DOLL'S HOUSE - What's the Show about?

Nora is the perfect wife and mother. She is dutiful, beautiful and everything is always in its right place. But when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, her life rapidly unravels. Over the course of three days, Nora must fight to protect herself and her family or risk losing everything.
Ibsen’s brutal portrayal of womanhood caused outrage when it was first performed in 1879. This bold new production of Stef Smith’s acclaimed new play was originally produced at Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and reframes the drama in three different time periods. The fight for women’s suffrage, the swinging sixties and modern day intertwine in this urgent, poetic play that asks how far have we really come in the past 100 years?

Buy a souvenir programme voucher ahead of your visit.

Please note, this production contains:

  • Quick light changes (no strobe)
  • Loud music and shouting
  • Sexual references
  • Scenes of violence
  • Self-harm and suicide references
  • Discussion of abortion
  • References to self-medicating and substance abuse
  • References to family abandonment


Writer Stef Smith

Director Elizabeth Freestone

Designer Tom Piper

Lighting Designer Lee Curran

Composer & Sound Designer Michael John McCarthy 

Movement Director EJ Boyle

Fight Director Kev McCurdy

Vocal Coach Jeannette Nelson

Casting Director Sophie Parrott CDG

Jerwood Assistant Director Júlia Levai

Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Simonne Mason 

With Mark Arends, Natalie KlamarLuke Norris, Amaka Okafor, Anna Russell-Martin, Zephryn Taitte

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