Mum’s the word

Production photographs for The Distance by Deborah Bruce, directed by Charlotte Gwinner for Orange Tree Theatre, October 2014When A Doll’s House premiered in 1879, actress Hedwig Niemann-Raabe refused to perform Ibsen’s ending as written, declaring: “I would never leave my children!”

While Helen Baxendale can and does inhabit a similarly divisive role without complaint, that particular action has not lost its power to shock, discomfit and inspire impassioned debate – both on- and offstage – as proved by director-turned-writer Deborah Bruce’s dynamic, sharply funny work, the second piece in new Orange Tree artistic director Paul Miller’s promising opening season.

Read my full Bargain Theatreland review here

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