NORA – Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House


Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Translated into the English Language by
Frederick J. Marker and Lisa-Lone Marker


Les Spindle interviewed NORA Director Dana Dewes and Actor Bruce French (NORA’s Dr. Rank and Ovation Winner for The Browning Version) for the LA Stage Times. This indepth article gives us insight into Ingmar Bergman’s intent in revisioning Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE into NORA, now entertaining audiences at PRT as the 2nd show of our Subscription Season.  [more]


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Scott Conte, Jeanette Driver, Bruce French, Brad Greenquist, Martha Hackett


Set Design William Wilday
Lighting Design Noah Ulin
Sound Design Keith Stevenson
Costume Design Daniella Cartun
Choreography Elizabeth “Tiggy” McKenzie

Produced by Kenny Hargrove
Executive Producer Marilyn Fox
Directed by Dana Jackson


StageHappenings Review’s Nora:  The adaptation by Bergman, though like the original by Ibsen, is spellbinding to the very end. Driver is absolutely the perfect model for Nora in her performance. Greenquist plays a domineering man, while at the same time, he can be playful and sexy with his wife as he fulfills his role. Other pertinent characters to the play, and extremely well presented, are Martha Hackett (Mrs. Linde), Scott Conte), and Bruce French (Doctor Rank).  Read the whole review

BACKSTAGE Review ‘Nora’ Incisively Reinvigorates ‘A Doll’s House’ Now getting its overdue Los Angeles debut at Pacific Resident Theatre. . . Ingmar Berman’s searing 1981 reduction of Henrik Ibsen’s immortal “A Doll’s House” grabs its viewers from the outset and never lets go.” David C. Nichols, Backstage.  Read the whole review

LA Weekly “GO” “… the clarity and power of the show’s performances make this a textbook dynamic production of the tragic drama.” Read the whole review

Nora – Theatre Times – …Worth Looking At.  “Greenquist creates the kind of properly stiff Torvald who can say Nora is “worth looking at” . . . Hackett’s Linde is especially affecting . . . French’s diminished doctor is quietly heartbreaking.”

Theatre Spoken Here: INGMAR BERGMANN’S “NORA” – – West Los Angeles “A Doll’s House,” Henrik Ibsen’s play about a child wife coming to sudden maturity and walking out on her family, opened in 1879 and caused a sensation.   Almost 100 years later, Ingmar Bergman adapted this long-winded play into a tight drama, with only the five major characters, and re-titled it “Nora.”  Read the whole review.

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NORA is an exquisite retelling of Ibsen’s masterpiece, A Doll’s House, adapted for the stage by Ingmar Bergman.

Los Angeles Times: NORA “First produced in the early ‘80s, the play receives a near-optimum staging from director Dana Jackson at Pacific Resident Theatre. In uniformly cogent performances, a superlative cast cuts to the emotional heart of Ibsen’s masterwork.”  Read the whole review

(You can read it if you prefer)

As quoted in Ingmar Bergman Directs (1972) by John Simon, “I want very much to tell, to talk about, the wholeness inside every human being. It’s a strange thing that every human being has a sort of dignity or wholeness in him, and out of that develops relationships to other human beings, tensions, misunderstandings, tenderness, coming in contact, touching and being touched, the cutting off of a contact and what happens then.”

An excerpt from Henrik Ibsen’s earliest notes on A Doll’s House are dated October 19th 1878 and read, “There are two kinds of spiritual laws and two kinds of consciences – one for men and one for women.”

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