A Doll's House

A Doll’s House

By Henrik Ibsen, in a version by Zinnie Harris                                                                                         
Directed by Graham McLaren
A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland

The Vaughans are all set to enjoy their new life together in their new home. Thomas has been promoted to a senior position in the Cabinet and Nora is delighted. At last, they can put their troubles behind them.

However, all too soon their delicate happiness is shattered by the arrival of an uninvited visitor.  As the lies that Nora has told, and the risks that she has taken to protect her husband are exposed, they are forced to question just how perfect their marriage really is. Now, it seems, only a miracle will set them free.

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House caused outrage both in its style and content when first staged in 1879. Zinnie Harris has transposed her version from late 19th-century Norway to Edwardian London and shifted the tale of intrigue, fraud and betrayal from the world of finance to that of politics.  Her story has strong contemporary resonances, revealing a world where duty, power and hypocrisy rule.

A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland. 

Cast and Credits

The cast of A Doll's House

Hywel Simons
Brian McCardie
Lucianne McEvoy
Kevin McMonagle
Amy Manson
Sharon Young

The creative team of A Doll's House

Director - Graham McLaren
Designer - Robert Innes Hopkins
LX Designer - Tim Mitchell
Sound Designer - Nick Sagar


A Doll's House production trailer

View rehearsal and prodcution photos in our gallery

Dates, Times & Prices

This production has now ended

Dates and times

Running time - 2h 15m (inc 20min interval)

Tuesday 16 April, 7.45pm (Preview)
Wednesday 17 April, 7.45pm
Thursday 18 April, 7.45pm
Friday 19 April, 7.45pm
Saturday 20 April, 2.30pm
Saturday 20 April, 7.45pm

Tuesday 23 April, 7.45pm 
Wednesday 24 April, 2.30pm
Wednesday 24 April, 7.45pm
Thursday 25 April, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6.30pm and Audio-described Performance)
Friday 26 April, 7.45pm
Saturday 27 April, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1.15pm and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday 27 April, 7.45pm

Tuesday 30 April, 7.45pm
Wednesday 1 May, 2.30pm
Wednesday 1 May, 7.45pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Thursday 2 May, 7.45pm
Friday 3 May, 7.45pm
Saturday 4 May, 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Saturday 4 May, 7.45pm


Saturday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £29
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £26
  • Front Upper Circle: £19
  • Rear Upper Circle: £15
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £14.50

Tuesday-Friday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £24
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £21
  • Front Upper Circle: £16.50
  • Rear Upper Circle: £14.50
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13.50

Wednesday/Saturday Matinees

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £16
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £16
  • Front Upper Circle: £16
  • Rear Upper Circle: £16
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13

Side-view seats are also available: £10-£15
Preview performances - all seats £7.50, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings



Over 60s/Concessions

  • Tuesday - Friday: £2 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities, under 18s

  • Saturday evenings: all seats £15
  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Saturday matinees: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
  • Students - ID required

Registered unemployed

  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday: £1 Stalls tickets on the day (max 20 per show)
  • ID required

School discounts

  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday evenings: £8.50 (Stalls), £7.50 (Upper Circle)
  • Friday-Saturday evenings: Same as under 18s prices
  • One teacher free with every ten pupils
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949

Group discounts for 8 or more people

  • Evenings (Stalls and Grand Circle) £5 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Evenings (Upper Circle) £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Matinees: £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949


Transaction Fee

  • A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction.
  • If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1.
  • Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment.


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 25 April, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 27 April, 1.15pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 25 April, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 27 April, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 1 May, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 4 May, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Take Part

Creative Learning events for this production

Theatre Class

  • Wednesday 24 April, 10.30am 
  • £6 per class 
  • Includes free coffee/tea

Post-show Discussion

  • Tuesday 23 April, after evening performance
  • Free, unticketed

Matinee Discussion Group

  • Wednesday 1 May, after matinee performance
  • Free, but ticketed


To book for ticketed events, please call 0131 248 4848 or book online.

(£1 transaction fee applies per booking)

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

"Tremendous performances all round! Definitely a great show not to be missed!"
@christiebrown_ on Twitter

"Best version yet...I was engrossed throughout and my friend was moved to tears!"
Audience review by Helen

"I absolutely loved the performance."
Audience review by Heather Robertson

"Stunning performances by the cast!"
Audience review by Josi

"A powerful performance."
Audience review by Lizanne Mac

"It was fantastic! Loved it! Go see it everyone."
@SazoJean on Twitter

"A wonderful adaptation beautifully played out in a political world."
@JamesRottger on Twitter

"Zinnie Harris and Ibsen make for gift of a combination. Love classics made new!"
@RobynHHunt on Twitter

"Fabulous production."
@UsesInnerVoices on Twitter

"An outstanding Nora...in an outstanding adaptation."
@cdundas on Twitter

"Fantastic set, soundscape and Nora."
@carolcurran on Twitter

"Much beauty in Dolls House."
@EllieMStewart on Twitter

"Wow!! A Dolls House is simply stunning! Beautiful!"
@JNaplesCampbell on Twitter

"Fantastic night...could have heard a pin drop."
@SoniaMacrae on Twitter

"wonderful. Cast, set, sound script and snow all brilliant. Clever and topical, well done to everyone."
@mrsd22 on Twitter

"Lyceum's production of The Dolls house was amazing.  A must see."
@LilianFothy on Twitter

"last night, lovely set, good acting all round good show."
@BecksyTodd on Twitter

"Enjoyed A Dolls' House this evening. Interesting transfer of plot from finance to politics, but it worked well."
@allanbw2 on Twitter

"something to be proud of! I fell in love with Nora & the entire production - just amazing!"
@EmCav94 on Twitter

"What a riveting production of 'A Doll's House'. The tension mounts as secrets, lies and divided loyalties threaten to erupt.."
@Time2TalkBeauty on Twitter

"A fantastic performance."
@HannahMLyall on Twitter

"marvellous - very current and well performed."
@RubiedMoon on Twitter

"Strong acting, great adaptation, set & lighting."
@edistark on Twitter

"Another brilliant piece of theatre...combining politics and theatre = relevant drama."
@Kirsty_Boyle on Twitter

"Unbelievable "A Doll's House" was written in 2008.Could have been last week."
@PedalTrill on Twitter

"Amazing, capitvating performances and adaptation; most relevant plot. Thanks for a fantastic night!"
@josimathar on Twitter

"wonderful, accessible and compelling adaptation of Ibsen's A Dolls House - a must see."
@_ranson on Twitter

"Really enjoyed it, my favourite of the spring season."
@bazthemerciless on Twitter

"brilliant acting, superb set #mustsee."
@oldscotbooks on Twitter

"Relevant now as 'twas then."
@wtmcgonagall on Twitter

"Brilliant. #Ilovetheatre"
@hannahzoe93 on Twitter

Press Coverage


"A truly outstanding work. Don’t miss it."
Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★★

"The heart of the production, though, lies in Amy Manson's raw and stunning performance as Nora."
The Scotsman ★★★★ (on currently online)

"Manson ...is vivacious but never girlish...hers is an emotionally fluid performance"
The Guardian ★★★★ 

"McLaren exposes its veins, making it pulse with relevance."
Edinburgh Spotlight ★★★★

"a powerful play, with themes as relevant today as they ever were."
Lothian Life ★★★★

"there are fascinating moments."
The Herald ★★★

Previews and Interviews

"She's a strong woman. She's a fighter. She's a beautiful creature. She's very clever."
Amy Manson talks about playing the role of Nora in The Herald

"I’d been down my allotment and had a number of missed calls from the head of the National Theatre of Scotland when I got back. I picked up my messages and they asked, ‘Are you free?"
Hywel Simons talks to the Edinburgh Evening News about taking on the role of Thomas in A Doll's House

"Initially, I thought it was all about the breakdown of a marriage but it’s about a woman finding her voice and trying to find her freedom."
Interview with Amy Manson in the Daily Record

"I had been thinking quite a lot about political marriages, the tension between what goes on behind the scenes and the public face, partly through high-profile cases."
Zinnie Harris talks to The Scotsman about her adaptation of A Doll's House


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