Ibsen on Theatre
Series: ...On Theatre
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 272 pages ISBN: 9781848423121Publication Date:
30 Aug 2018
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EPUB, 272 pages ISBN: 9781788500890Publication Date:
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Ibsen on Theatre

Edited by Frode Helland and Julie Holledge

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A unique collection of everything that Ibsen wrote about the theatre.

Three new productions of plays by Henrik Ibsen open somewhere in the world every week. Moreover, they are adapted into multiple genres: Chinese and Western Opera, Japanese Noh theatre, puppet plays, musicals, dance performances, tourist spectacles, promenade performances, applied theatre, community events, and every possible screen technology.

The more successful Ibsen became as a playwright, the more reluctant he was to make public pronouncements about the practice of theatre, but his thoughts on the art form can be gleaned by mining his prefaces, letters, speeches and newspaper articles.

For the first time, these fragments have been gathered together in one volume. Arranged chronologically, they throw a unique light on Ibsen’s views on theatre production, casting, translation, the business of theatre, and most importantly his own plays. The result is an invaluable resource for those who seek to know what Ibsen himself thought about his work and about the theatre of his time.

Ibsen on Theatre is edited, introduced and annotated by Frode Helland and Julie Holledge, with new translations by May-Brit Akerholt. Also included is a foreword by Richard Eyre.

Ibsen on Theatre is in the Nick Hern Books ...On Theatre series: what the world's greatest dramatists had to say about theatre, in their own words.

‘For anyone interested in Ibsen’s plays—actors, directors, students, audiences—[this is] a marvellously accessible compendium of the thoughts of a man I now unhesitatingly describe as a very great playwright.’ Richard Eyre, from his Foreword

‘I do not think it helps a lot to plead for the arts with arguments based on its own nature, which is still hardly understood at home, or rather, is thoroughly misunderstood. What we must do first of all, is to attack and scrupulously eradicate the dark, medieval monkishness which blinkers perception and makes people stupid. My meaning is: for the moment, we cannot use our weapons to fight for the arts, but against hostility to the arts. Wipe that out first, and then we can start building.’ Ibsen to Lorentz Dietrichson, 1879

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British Theatre Guide
Series: ...On Theatre
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 272 pages ISBN: 9781848423121Publication Date:
30 Aug 2018
Size: 216mm x 138mm£17.99 £14.39You save £3.60 (20%)
EPUB, 272 pages ISBN: 9781788500890Publication Date:
30 Aug 2018
£17.99 £14.39You save £3.60 (20%)
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