NORA | Play | Ivan Vazov National Theatre
Main stage


02 h 30 m (with interval)

Production team:

Scenography and costumes
Oleg Golovko
Lighting designer
Oskars Paulins
Timofei Pastukhov
Anna Abalikhina


based on Henrik Ibsen



Timofey Kulyabin


Roman Dolzhansky


Vasilka Bumbarova


Oleg Golovko


Oskars Paulinsh


Timofei Pastukhov


Anna Abalikhina


Ivan Yurukov, Radina Kardzilova, Ana Papadopoulu, Darin Angelov, Iliana Kodzhabasheva, Vasilena Vincenzo/ Elena Ivanova, Nadya Keranova, Zhaklin Daskalova, Dimitar Nikolov, Blagovest Blagoev and Zafir Radjab

Child actors:

Boyan Chelebiev, Krisia Kiulhandjieva, Ida Yovcheva, Daria Angelova, Marianna Georgieva and Luka Ksheminski


Henrik Ibsen created his play A Doll's House in 1879 while in Rome and Amalfi. It premiered in December 1879 at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. Subsequently, the play was often staged as "Nora" - after the name of the main character.

Ibsen based his drama on real events. The prototype of Nora is the Norwegian-Danish writer Laura Keeler (1849-1932), whom Ibsen knew well. When Laura's husband fell ill with tuberculosis and needed treatment in the South, she secretly took out a loan from the bank. After a while, however, it appeared that she could not repay the debt, and in desperation, she decided to give a false note, but then changed her mind and destroyed it. The husband learned of all his wife's actions. At first, he forgave her, but under the influence of family and friends, changed his attitude and asked for a divorce, which was quickly finalized. Laura's children were taken away from her and she was even declared mentally ill. After a while, the husband asked Laura to return home. She did so and became his wife again, thus began her literary activities, gradually paying off all her debts...

Ibsen's play quickly became and continues to be, one of the most often performed works in world theatre. In 2001, UNESCO included the manuscript of "A Doll's House" on the "Memory of the World" list, which includes the most important documents of World Heritage.

The first production of the play on the stage of the National Theatre was entitled "Nora or the Doll's House", directed by Ivan Popov, and premiered on 1 April 1905.



Timofei Kulyabin was born in 1984. In 2007 he graduated from the directing faculty of the State Institute of Theatre Arts in Moscow in the class of O. Kudryashov. While still a student he made his professional stage debut with the production "On Nevsky Prospect" by Nikolai Gogol at the Omsk Drama Theatre (2006). Since 2007 he has worked at the Novosibirsk Academic Theatre "Red Torch", and in 2015 he headed the theatre, becoming the youngest chief director in Russia at that time. He was head of the "Red Torch" Theatre until February 2022 and during this time carried out many productions offering radical contemporary interpretations of A. Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades" (2007) and "Onegin" (2012), with which he became a winner of the National Theatre Award "Golden Mask". Also "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen (2012), "KILL" (based on "Intrigue and Love" by Friedrich Schiller, 2013), "Three Sisters" by Anton Chekhov (2015) - a performance awarded with the National Theatre Award "Golden Mask" and "Best Performance" for 2015. "The Trial" by Franz Kafka (2016), "Children of the Sun" by Maxim Gorky (2018, winner of the National Theatre Award "Golden Mask"), and "The Wild Duck" by Henrik Ibsen (2021).

Among Timofey Kulyabin's productions in other theatres in Russia are: "Dress-code" at the "Comedian's Shelter" Theatre (St. Petersburg, 2012), "Elektra" (2013), "Ivanov" (2016) and "The Broken Cannon" (2020) at the Theatre of Nations (Moscow). He has also worked in many drama theatres in Europe, where he has staged productions of "Livejournal" (Russian Drama Theatre, Riga, 2007), "Kolyma Stories" by Varlam Shalamov (Residenztheater, Munich, 2018), "Nora or A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen (Schauspielhaus, Zurich, 2019), "Miss Julia" by August Strindberg and "Platonov" by A. Chekhov (Deutsches Theater, Berlin, 2020 and 2022). In 2022, on the stage of the Dailes Theatre in Riga, he directed "In the Loneliness of the Cotton Fields", based on the play by Bernard-Marie Koltes, starring Ingeborga Dapkunaite and John Malkovich - a show that is already going on a world tour this year and can be seen in many different countries.

Timofey Kulyabin directed his first opera production - "Prince Igor" by A. Borodin, performed in 2009 at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. His second production in this theatre - "Tannhäuser" by R. Wagner, provoked a political scandal with the church in 2014 and the performance was pulled down. Nevertheless, the director continues to work successfully on the stages of several opera houses such as. Donizetti (2016) and A. Donizetti's "Rusalka". Verdi (2017) and "Oedipus Rex" by I. Stravinsky (2019), and at the Prague National Opera "Distant Bell" by F. Schreker (2022).

In connection with his unequivocal anti-war stance, Timofey Kulyabin was forced to leave his post as the chief director of the "Red Torch" Theatre and all his productions planned for the coming years in Russia were cancelled. He currently lives and works in Europe. His upcoming productions include "Fear and Misery in the Third Reich" by Bertolt Brecht (Tallinn Drama Theatre, Estonia) and "Macbeth" by W. Shakespeare (Frankfurt Drama Theatre, Frankfurt am Main, Germany).


Icarus Award 2023 for Masterful technical implementation

Nomination for the Icarus Award 2023 in the category Leading Male Role for Ivan Yurukov for the role of Torvald 



Olga Nedyalkova, Teodora Lilyan, Iva Manolova


Nikolay Dimitrov-NAD


Yanina Petrova


Stefan N. Shterev


Stefan N. Shterev


Premiere: 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December 2022 

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