Hilde og Erhart* (Hilde and Erhart)

Hilde og Erhart* (Hilde and Erhart) is a production by Theatre Nova after a text by Birte Svatun, inspired by three plays by Henrik Ibsen.

Simone Thiis directed it.

Hilde is the lonely, vulnerable and eccentric girl of Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea (1888) and The Master Builder (1892). Erhart is the son who attempts to liberate himself from his parents to live his own life in John Gabriel Borkman (1896). While Hilde longs for love, Erhart longs for freedom. In Hilde og Erhart the two young persons meet and the story is told with their voices.

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.


(Objekt ID 1255)
Object type Production
Premiere May 27, 2006
Produced by Theatre Nova
Based on The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen; John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Youth (from 13 to 16)
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Performance for youth
Running period May 27, 2006  
Duration 55 minutes
Website Teater Nova

Requirements to venue

Minimum stage width 10m
Minimum stage depth 8m
Minimum stage height 3m
Blackout Yes
Rigging time 90 minutes
Downrigging time 60 minutes
Audience 100

Hilde og Erhart* (Hilde and Erhart) by Theatre Nova is set in a contemporary gym, where Hilde and Erhart meet.

Ibsen’s drama is dizzyingly timeless, and the challenges Hilde and Erhart face, are the same as youth of today stand in front of:

*Liberation from the family

*One’s own needs against the parents’ need and wishes.

*Duties and ties.

*The relationship to a stepfather or stepmother.

*Family secrets.

*Mourning and longing.

*Joy of living and the power of living.

While Hilde grows up with a distant father, doctor Wangel, and a stepmother, Ellida, who always wishes she were someplace else, Erhart is in a situation in which his parents and an aunt cling ruthlessly to him. As a child he has to respond to their every need and longing for power, love and revenge.


The National Library of Norway, performance poster digitised by The National Library of Norway, transferred to Sceneweb 20.06.2016

Theatre Nova, teaternova.no, 30.11.2010, http://teaternova.no/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=92

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

Contributors (9)
Name Role
Simone Thiis – Direction
Thea Elisabeth Skallevold – Choreography
Birte Svatun – Dramaturge
Sunniva Bodvin – Stage design
Astrid Mørland – Costume design
Tor Erik Lieng – Actor (Erhart)
Benedikte Lindbeck – Actor (moren til Erhart)
Janne Beate Starup Bønes – Actor (Hilde)
Simone Thiis – Producer
Performance dates
May 29, 2006Papirhuset Teater Show
May 28, 2006Papirhuset Teater Show
May 27, 2006Papirhuset Teater Worldwide premiere