The National Theatre in Oslo (Nationaltheatret) welcomes you to 18 days of Ibsen festivities—from 8th to 25th of September!

Henrik Ibsen is the most celebrated Norwegian writer of all time and is a national icon. The International Ibsen Festival in the National Theatre in Oslo is a tribute to Norway’s most important playwright. Every year, Ibsen productions from all over the world are invited to the festival. This year, it opens on September 8th and will last until September 25th. Theatres from Norway, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, Zimbabwe and other countries are coming to Oslo to participate in the International Ibsen Festival. If you have a language barrier, the Ibsen Festival is the perfect place to enjoy a theatre performance as everything will be subtitled in English. Several shows will be performed in English. Check the programme here.

ntional-theatre-by-Gisle Bjorneby

The National Theatre is situated in the heart of Oslo, next to the Parliament, the University of Oslo and the Royal Palace. 

International Ibsen Festival: a number of shows will be performed in English. Enjoy this sneak peak of the performances!

And on the Thousandth Night (United Kingdom)

Seven Kings and Queens tell all the stories in the world. And on the Thousandth Night takes its title and part of its inspiration from One Thousand and One Nights, and explores the live relationship between a story and its public, a story and its tellers.The show is on September 24th 18:00 at Nationaltheatret, main stage (buy your ticket here). Direction: Tim Etchells.

Peer Gynt (Germany): A woman of today

Henrik Ibsen’s Dramatic Poem Peer Gynt from 1867 has become myths in European theatre. The story of the liar and outsider, the queer fellow and adventurer, but also the egoist and loser, is the Odyssey of a modern man looking for salvation. In this adaption of Peer Gynt, the Australian director Simon Stone, one of the most important young directors in Europe, has rewritten and directed Ibsen’s classic. He has taken the same story, the same events, the same egotistical actions, the same neglect, disdain of society, selfish hedonism, sexual profligacy, greed, laziness and fuck-you attitude. And made Peer a woman. Direction: Simon Stone.

Little Europa (Italy): The family that made our little Europe into a monster

Imagine a transposition of Little Eyolf, in which Ibsen’s Rita Allmers becomes an upper-class Scandinavian woman, while Alfred Allmers becomes a daydreamer from Southern Europe: they are the parents of little Europa, a child with a rare, mysterious disease, a small monster, the cause of the rupture in a dysfunctional family. Direction: Gabriele Paolocà.


View the entire programme by performance here.

Where: Nationaltheatret, Johanne Dybwads plass 1, 0161 Oslo, tel. +4722001400

TheOsloBook is grateful to Nationaltheatret for provided information and materials. Photos: Gisle Bjørneby, Hugo Glendinning, Roberto Palermo.