Calcutta. 1879.

Niru, is a young Bengali woman in a mixed-race marriage with an English colonial bureaucrat – Tom.

Tom loves Niru, exoticising her as a frivolous plaything to be admired and kept. But Niru has a long-kept secret. And just as she thinks she is almost free of it, it threatens to bring her life crashing down around her.

Tanika Gupta reimagines Ibsen’s classic play of gender politics through the lens of British colonialism, offering a bold, female perspective exploring themes of ownership and race.

Rachel O’Riordan makes her directorial debut as Artistic Director of the Lyric, in a production that gives new urgency to the forces that drive our heroine to choose between society’s expectations and her own identity.


Running time TBC

Good To Know

The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.


Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For all access related inquiries please call 020 8741 6850.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive a booking confirmation email.

Please print the booking confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.

Suitable For Children

Suitable for ages 11+

Where Do I Go

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre,

Lyric Square,

King St, London W6 0QL


4.0(2 reviews)
  • Sulip

    Sep 29, 2019

    The performances were engrossing and kept me interested throughout, despite a very uncomfortably hot theater ...... made all the more challenging as it was 2.5 hours long. That I could sit through that discomfort is a compliment to the performers. Whilst all the actors did a wonderful job keeping to a beat and rhythm that was well complimented by the talented musician perched on the balcony, some of the dialogue was rather cliche’d. At least that is how it appeared to a language novice like me. Maybe, that is exactly how they spoke at that time. I would certainly recommend this but will hope like hell, that the theatre is made more comfortable for its patrons in the future.

  • Mel

    Sep 19, 2019

    Good adaptation of the play! Great acting, especially from the main characters! Simple but effective use of stage and props

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