The Norwegian Ibsen Company & Print Room at the Coronet present
When We Dead Awaken
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen
“When We Dead Awaken is a strange, beautiful and bitter play about art, love, ambition and freedom. Like a musical quartet, 4 people, 4 elements, 4 voices, 4 instruments play different songs in a complicated melody. It is a play for our time, as they find themselves living in a changed world. Bewildered, how do they move forward?” – Director Kjetil Bang Hansen
The acclaimed The Norwegian Ibsen Company returns to The Coronet Theatre, after its award winning The Lady From The Sea, with a new adaptation of When We Dead Awaken, Henrik Ibsen’s enigmatic final play.
It is rare that anyone gets the chance to rediscover a lost love.
In the depths of a winter Rubek, once a celebrated sculptor, returns to Norway with his estranged young wife Maia – only to bump into his great lost love and muse Irene. Is this their opportunity to return to a world where there is meaning, hope and happiness – to awaken from the dead?
The production is directed by celebrated Norwegian director Kjetil Bang Hansen, in his first production in the UK. It will have a Norwegian/British cast, and be performed in a mixture of Norwegian and English with surtitles. The production will tour Norway after its UK Premiere.
“The production brings with it an inherent knowledge of Norwegian culture, where Ibsen is celebrated both for his insight into the human condition, and for bringing to his work the humour and biting irony people use to get through the most difficult situations.” – Kåre Conradi, Artistic Director of the The Norwegian Ibsen Company
Andrea Bræin Hovig
Irene von Satow
Ragnhild Margrethe Gudbrandsen
Kjetil Bang-Hansen is one of the most revered, critically acclaimed and accomplished directors in Europe. Throughout a career spanning over 60 years he was appointed Artistic Director of The National Theatre of Norway, been the recipient of every major theatre award in Norway and published several books and writings about art of theatre directing and stagecraft. Kjetil has undoubtedly made one of the most significant contributions to Norwegian theatre in the last century as he continues to create new work and direct through Europe.
24 February to 2 April 2022