Kiwi actress getting advice from dad ahead of opening night

Actress Sophie Hambleton is learning some tricks of the trade from her father Peter, who starred in a version of A ...
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Actress Sophie Hambleton is learning some tricks of the trade from her father Peter, who starred in a version of A Doll's House at Circa Theatre in 1993.

Actress Sophie Hambleton is no stranger to the stage but for her latest role, she's letting her dad give her a few pointers.

This month, Hambleton will star in Emily Perkins' adaptation of the classic A Doll's House at Circa Theatre, playing the lead role of Nora.

Her casting comes 24 years after her dad, Peter Hambleton, appeared in Henrik Ibsen's original version of the play, also at Circa, starring as Tovald opposite Miranda Harcourt in the role of Nora.

The cast of A Doll's House have been in rehearsal for the past few weeks ahead of their August 5 opening night.
TABITHA ARTHUR

The cast of A Doll's House have been in rehearsal for the past few weeks ahead of their August 5 opening night.

"I think Sophie will be astonishing in that role," her father says. "This will be one that people will be talking about for a long time."

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"This time around I'll just be playing the role of supportive father."

Sophie Hambleton with co-star Peter McCauley. She plays the lead role of Nora, a woman who does "deeply shocking" things ...
TABITHA ARTHUR

Sophie Hambleton with co-star Peter McCauley. She plays the lead role of Nora, a woman who does "deeply shocking" things during the play.

The characters and scenarios have been adapted from Ibsen's play and have been shifted from a Norwegian town circa 1879 to modern-day New Zealand.

Couple Nora and Theo Helmer struggle to maintain a picture-perfect marriage while past events and relationships come back to change their lives. 

"It's been regarded, for a long time, as one of the great classic dramas and it's fascinating right from the start," says Peter, who played dwarf Gloin in Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, said.

While the modern adaptation is a departure from the original, Sophie says Perkins has "brilliantly brought it into modern day but kept the same themes". 

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"Nora does the same things in Emily's version that she does in Ibsen's, which is so deeply shocking to people."

"Without giving too many spoilers, I play a woman who does several very shocking acts of independence and rebellion and love."

Sophie currently appears on Three's TV drama Westside in a role she "absolutely loves", but says it is nice to have a stint on the stage.

"I do prefer stage in so many ways, especially the rehearsal period. It allows for an exploration of the character."

* A Doll's House is playing at Circa Theatre from August 5 to September 2. Tickets and details available from circa.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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