Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

Born in Norway in 1828, Ibsen began his writing career with romantic history plays influenced by Shakespeare and Schiller. In 1851 he was appointed writer-in-residence at the newly established Norwegian Theatre in Bergen with a contract to write a play a year for five years, following which he was made Artistic Director of the Norwegian Theatre in what is now Oslo. In the 1860s he moved abroad to concentrate wholly on writing. He began with two mighty verse dramas, Brand and Peer Gynt, and in the 1870s and 1880s wrote the sequence of realistic ‘problem’ plays for which he is best known, among them A Doll’s House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, Hedda Gabler and Rosmersholm. His last four plays, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, John Gabriel Borkman and When We Dead Awaken, dating from his return to Norway in the 1890s, are increasingly overlaid with symbolism. Illness forced him to retire in 1900, and he died in 1906 after a series of crippling strokes.

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Peer Gynt

A fresh translation of one of the last great epics of the nineteenth century.

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Hedda

By Lucy Kirkwood Original author Henrik Ibsen

A startling new version of Hedda Gabler, relocating Ibsen's nineteenth-century heroine to London in 2008.

The Master Builder

An enthralling version of an unforgettable Ibsen classic.

An Enemy of the People

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Stephen Mulrine

Ibsen's play about an idealistic doctor whose moral resolve is put to the test when he discovers that the waters from which his native spa town draws its wealth are dangerously contaminated.

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The League of Youth

Ibsen's political comedy, in a crisp and satirical version by Andy Barrett.

Emperor and Galilean

By Henrik Ibsen Adapted by Ben Power

A thrilling version of Ibsen's epic play, charting the true odyssey of an astonishing man as he struggles to find spiritual fulfilment and political pre-eminence.

Judgement Day

An adaptation of Ibsen's extraordinary last play, When We Dead Awaken, one of his most deeply personal works.

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An Enemy of the People

Arthur Miller's version of Ibsen's most explosive play.

Hedda Gabler

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Kenneth McLeish

An English version of Henrik Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler, published in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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A Doll's House

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Kenneth McLeish

Ibsen's revolutionary tale of a woman's awakening to her need for a life of her own.

John Gabriel Borkman (National Theatre version)

Nicholas Wright's sensitive version of Ibsen's late play, about a family brought low by the disgrace and imprisonment of its patriarch.

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The Master Builder

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Kenneth McLeish

Ibsen's study of the corrosive effects of a guilty conscience. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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