Henrik and Emilie

Henrik and Emilie was a theatre production based on a recently written stage text by Niels Fredrik Dahl. The production was written for The Norwegian Touring Theatre and The National Theatre and it had its world wide premiere in Skien March 1 2006. 


(Objekt ID 26082)
Object type Production
Premiere March 1, 2006
Produced by The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
Coproducers The National Theatre
Based on Henrik and Emilie by Niels Fredrik Dahl
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Drama, Theatre
Running period March 1, 2006  

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

Henrik and Emilie is about an imagined relationship between the aging post-stroke Henrik Ibsen and the very young Emilie Bardach. The production had its Oslo premiere September 8 2006, during The Ibsen Festival.

In the prologue for the published book Henrik and Emile Niels Fredrik Dahl writes the following:

"It is also so that these last few years of Ibsen's life – he had stopped writing, he was ailing and he had troubles talking – are not given significance in the biographies. However it is possible to say that when he sat exhibited in the street of Arbins gate after suffering two brain strokes, he experienced the human drama of his life. Naturally, this can't be proved, but it is not impossible. Writing Henrik and Emilie has been extra challenging – also because I wanted to challenge the two who may have fictionalised Ibsen the most – Henrik and Suzannah Ibsen... Many plays are written about men who become kings. This play is about a king who becomes human."


The publishing house Oktober, oktober.no, 04.01.2012, http://www.oktober.no/nor/boeker/skjoennlitteratur/lyrikk_dramatikk/henrik_og_emilie

Performance dates
September 8, 2006Amfiscenen, Nationaltheatret, The National Theatre Show
March 1, 2006Dovergubbens hall, Ibsenhuset, Skien Worldwide premiere
Festivals (1)
The Ibsen Festival September 8, 2006