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A Doll's House at The Duke of York's Theatre

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
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Subverting marriage norms before its time


1879; a wife leaves her husband.

A marriage break up is not a pretty thing, but in the twenty-first century, no one is very surprised to hear about it, and in most cases you are not condemned for doing so. In the nineteenth century, however, it was an entirely different matter, especially if the wife was the instigator.

In a male dominated society, it was absolutely scandalous for a woman to leave her husband, and that is the theme that Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, wanted to explore. He said that 'a woman cannot be herself in modern society,' because it is 'an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint.' Despite this, Ibsen did not write A Doll's House in support of women's rights, but to demonstrate 'the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person.'

The play, which is currently playing at the Duke of York's Theatre until the 26th October, is about a wife and mother called Nora, who leaves her husband to discover herself. Tickets are £10-£55, with show Monday through Saturday. It has received five star reviews and stars, Hattie Morahan, who was twice awarded 'Best Actress' for 2013.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: Until 26th Oct
Phone: 0844 871 7623
Where: Duke of York's Theatre
Cost: £10-£55
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