Audition: A Doll's House

Progress Theatre auditions for A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Samuel Adamson.


- Sunday 14th October at 2pm and 
- Tuesday 16th October at 7:30pm 
Both at Progress Theatre. 

Potential callbacks on Sunday 21st October at 2:30pm at Palmer Park Church, RG6 1DN

Show dates: 11th – 16th March 2019 at Progress Theatre, with no matinee.


Nora Helmer has it all: two beautiful children; a lovely home decked out for Christmas; and a loving husband, Torvald, who has been newly promoted at the bank in which he works. However, her idyllic life begins to unravel when Helmer’s old associate, Krogstad, reminds her of the fraudulent contract she made with him years ago.  

Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, in a version translated by Samuel Adamson to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Southwark Playhouse, finds Nora on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that still resonates in today’s modern world.


- NORA (f, late 20-30s)– the main character of the play. At first she appears flighty and capricious as if she has no idea of the consequences of her actions. However, over the course of the play, the core beliefs of her world are shattered and we find she is much more independent and visionary than anyone realises.  

- TORVALD (m, 30s-40s) – Nora’s husband. He is a newly promoted manager at the bank. He has a strong set of principles that must adhere to the rigid social hierarchy of the era.  

- KRISTINE (f, 30s)– Nora’s old school friend who has come back to town looking for work. She has had a relationship with Krogstad in the past. Resilient and world-weary, she has had to make some tough decisions in her life.

- KROGSTAD (m, 30s-40s) – Torvald’s subordinate at the bank. He threatens to tell Torvald about the secret loan he gave to Nora. Publicly humiliated and left penniless by his dealings with Nora, he is willing to resort to underhand tactics to remove the stigma attached to his name.  

- DR. RANK (m, 30s-50s)– a family friend of the Helmers who stops by almost every day. He is secretly in love with Nora. He is perhaps surprisingly upbeat about his terminal illness.

- ANNE-MARIE (f, 50+) – the Helmers’ maid. She attends to the children. 

- IVOR and EMMY (both below 10) - the Helmers' young son and daughter.

Playing ages are a guide only.


Auditionees are only required to attend one of the two audition sessions and do not need to prepare any pieces.  

If anyone is unable to attend on these dates but wishes to be considered, please contact the director using the details below.  

Auditions for Progress Theatre are open to all and we fully support colour-blind casting.  

Full cast rehearsals are planned to begin in mid-November. Rehearsal days are likely to be Tuesdays and Thursdays with additional Sunday rehearsals closer to the performance dates.  

All adult cast members will be required to undertake a DBS check.

For any queries, the director, Adrian Tang, can be contacted on or 07875336198.