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The Helmer Project – Press Release

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[Foreign Affairs] repertory season of

A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen, 1879) & Helmer Hardcore (Jakob Weis, 2007)


Monday 2 November – Sunday 22 November 2015

[Foreign Affairs] presents the world premiere of The Helmer Project, a powerful double-bill of gripping Scandinavian dramas that cut to the heart of the human condition. Henrik Ibsen’s powerhouse classic A Doll’s House (1879) and Jakob Weis’ hard hitting modern day sequel Helmer Hardcore (2007) will be performed in rep for the first time. This joint presentation allows the two plays to thematically enrich one another, giving rich context to Weis’ work and allowing Ibsen’s masterpiece to be viewed in a fresh light.

Henrik Ibsen, 1879 
Translated by Siân Mackie and Paul Russell Garrett
World premiere of a new English translation

When a long held secret is finally revealed, Nora’s marriage is threatened and all she thought she held dear begins to crumble around her.

This newly commissioned translation of A Doll’s House explores the roles that society impose on women, showing Ibsen’s radical work to be as relevant today as it has ever been.

Jakob Weis, 2007
Translated by Paul Russell Garrett
World premiere of the first English translation

Set in the present day, Helmer Hardcore takes place in the Helmer family bathroom the day after the events of A Doll’s House. Written by award-winning Danish playwright Jakob Weis, Helmer Hardcore delves into the A Doll’s House character Torvald’s extreme reaction to the events of Ibsen’s classic, and is a brutal dissection of 21st century masculinity confronting its own social identity.

Listings information:

The Helmer Project: A rep season of A Doll’s House & Helmer Hardcore
Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1 5SQ
Mon 2 Nov – Sun 22 Nov 2015
Performances: Dates and times

A Doll’s House on 2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 19 Nov at 7:30pm; 14, 15, 21 Nov at 3pm
Helmer Hardcore on 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21 Nov at 7:30pm; 22 Nov at 3pm
It is possible to see both productions on Saturday 14 or on Saturday 21 Nov.

Tickets: £14 (£12 concession)
Joint ticket: £22 (1 ticket for each show)
Ticket office:

Press night: Helmer Hardcore Thursday 5 November at 7:30pm
Press night: A Doll’s House Friday 6 November 2015 at 7:30pm (pre-show talk 6:30pm)

Please contact for images or to arrange tickets to review the productions. 
Please note Press can be accommodated outside of the two Press nights.

Foreign Affairs
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
N1 5SQ