Masterclasses in O’Riordan's Doll's House

Published: 11 May 2020
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

The Lyric Hammersmith's 2019 production A Doll’s House will be available on online on 20 May.

Tanika Gupta, who adapted the Ibsen classic, reset the action to Calcutta, making the Nora of the original Niru, married to British expat Tom (Torvald in the original).

Niru is played by Anjana Vasan and Tom is played by Elliot Cowan. Also in the cast are Arun Ghosh, Arinder Sadhra, Colin Tierney, Tripti Tripuraneni and Assad Zaman. It has composition by Arun Ghosh.

Alongside the performance there will be a masterclass in directing within a proscenium arch theatre and another on new writing for Young Lyric members and emerging creatives by application. These are being led by Lyric artistic director Rachel O’Riordan and Lyric artistic associate and National Theatre’s senior dramaturg Nina Steiger respectively.

O’Riordan said, "A Doll’s House was the first production I programmed and directed as the new artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. It embodies everything I want the Lyric to be for our audience: world-class theatre, a reimagined classic text, showcasing exceptional talent and celebrating our 125-year-old theatre. I’m delighted that we’re able to share this recording for free so that more people can enjoy this production within our beautiful theatre.

"Alongside our work onstage, at the heart of the Lyric is supporting emerging talent from all backgrounds and I’m very much looking forward to personally hosting a series of masterclasses to continue this engagement and support."

Those wishing to apply for a place on a free masterclass should send their CV and 100 words on why they would like to take part to [email protected] to arrive no later than 10AM on Thursday 14 May.

A Doll’s House may be viewed on the Lyric Hammersmith’s YouTube channel from 2:30PM until midnight on 20 May.

The screening is free with donations invited in support of the Lyric Recovery Fund from those able to give.