June Watson plays Anne Marie in the UK première of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2, which opens in a reconfigured Donmar in the round on 16 June, with previews from 10 June, and runs until 6 August.
Directed by James Macdonald, with a cast led by double Olivier Award-winner Noma Dumezweni, Lucas Hnath audaciously picks up where Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece left off.
Joining June Watson as Anne Marie and Noma Dumezweni as Nora, are Patricia Allison (Emmy) and Brían F. O’Byrne (Torvald)
You’re starring in A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Donmar Warehouse, what can you tell us about the play?
It takes place 15 years after the end of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Nora returns, we learn why she has returned and what has happened to her in the time she has been gone. We see how the others in the house react to her return.
You’re playing Anne Marie, tell us more about the character?
Anne Marie in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House appears only briefly, mainly with the children as their nanny. In Part 2 she still lives in the house with Torvald and has a more significant role to play in this story.
What impressed you most about Lucas Hnath’s script?
Its modernity and its humour. It’s a four-hander and has three splendid parts for women.
And how well do you think it picks up from Ibsen’s original?
It cleverly shines a light on what has happened to all the characters since the end of Ibsen’s play. It is both fascinating and completely believable.
How does it feel to be adding the Donmar Warehouse to the list of prestigious venues you’ve worked at?
Marvellous! A long-held ambition fulfilled.
What would you say to anyone thinking of booking tickets to see A Doll’s House, Part 2?
I feel it’s well worth a visit and you don’t need to know Ibsen’s play to appreciate this one, which stands in its own right. I hope, and think, it will be both interesting and popular.