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Noma Dumezweni returns to the London stage in A Doll’s House, Part 2

Noma Dumezweni will return to the London stage for the first time since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the European premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Donmar Warehouse.

The actress previously won an Olivier Award for her portrayal of a grown-up Hermione Grainger in the West End hit and has since starred in films such as Mary Poppins Returns and The Kid Who Would Be King, as well as TV shows such as Doctor Who and Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams .

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Noma Dumezweni with Olivier for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Chris J Ratcliffe/PA)

A hit on Broadway, Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 picks up where Ibsen’s classic play ends, and 15 years after slamming the door on her suffocating marriage, Nora Helmer is back with a plea.

It will have its European premiere at London theaters in June, ahead of September’s European premiere of David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ Tony-winning musical The Band’s Visit.

The theater will also host the UK premiere of Dawn King’s The Trials, a response to the climate crisis and its impact on the next generation, and Silence, adapted from Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices: Untold British Stories, which marks 75 years since India’s partition, Exploring the legacy of this period in history.

There will also be a free exhibition called We. Black Women, which will run alongside the previously announced production of Marys Seacole by Jackie Sibblies Drury.

Aiming to put the collective experiences of Black women at the center of conversation, the exhibition features high-profile figures such as Dumezweni and fellow actresses Sheila Atim, Naomie Harris and Susan Wokoma, as well as writer Afua Hirsch and gynecologist Dr. Christine Ekechi.

Michael Longhurst, Artistic Director of Donmar, said: “I am delighted to announce the European premieres of two major Broadway shows in brand new productions at Donmar: A Doll’s House, Part 2, a bold sequel from the colorful mind of Lucas Hnath with Noma Dumezweni returns to the London stage; and the deeply moving, award-winning musical The Band’s Visit by David Yazbek and Itamar Moses.

“In between, the Donmar breaks new ground by pitting the next generation of young performers against the current-generation leads in Dawn King’s The Trials, a courtroom drama like no other; Deepening our investigation of the climate crisis and our sustainability practices.

“And we are proud to partner with the Tara Theater in producing an important new commission, Silence, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of partition in India, inspired by extraordinary testimonies that recognize events that need to be spoken about in Britain.

“In a world of conflict, this season celebrates the power of connection to transform and heal.

“Familial, generational, religious, historical—the divisions underlying these works sustain our need to find and celebrate our common humanity.

“Finally, Donmar Associate Artist Joan Iyiola curated an exhibition, We. Black women, with leading ladies celebrating their unsung heroes, who will walk alongside Marys Seacole.

“It is such a pleasure to see our theater fully restored and audiences enjoying our recently refurbished spaces. Please join us for more important stories that are compellingly told.”

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