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The theatre of our time has brought out sides of Ibsen – also the dark sides – that few of us even knew existed and his plays are performed all over the world. With the coming of postmodernism in the theatre and a new generation of European stage directors, the melancholic and almost sentimental Ibsen has been exchanged for a bitingly ironic, sometimes exhilaratingly comic Ibsen. The moment has come to make an inventory of how Ibsen is received or played in the theatre today – not only in the Scandinavian countries, but also on the European continent.
This volume is a contribution to the knowledge of Ibsen’s importance as a playwright today. It contains most of the papers that were presented during the symposium Ibsen in the Theatre which took place on 13-15 October, 2005 at Stockholm university. To the academic papers have been added the visions of two of the most important Ibsen directors in contemporary Scandinavian theatre: Hilda Hellwig and Terje Mærli.