Several of the productions mounted as part of this year’s Ibsen Festival are already sold out, according to the proud festival chief Runi Sveen. He’s hosting some of the world’s biggest and most well-known theater directors in Oslo this week and next, as the annual festival celebrating Norway’s greatest playwright gets underway.
“I’m proud that we can present such big names at this year’s festival,” Sveen told newspaper Aftenposten on Monday. They include Christoph Marthaler, Sofia Jupither, Stéphane Braunschweig and Michael Thalheimer. Marthaler of Switzerland has also won this year’s International Ibsen Award, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture to honor those keeping Ibsen’s legacy alive.
Most agree that Ibsen’s plays remain as relevant today as when they were written more than 100 years ago. This year’s festival encompasses 12 productions of Ibsen plays staged not only at Oslo’s historic National Theater, often called “Ibsen’s home,” but also at a wooden cabin called Sæterhytten on the Bygdøy peninsula and at the Torshovteatret in the city’s northeastern district of Torshov. The annual Ibsen Festival runs through September 19.