John Gabriel Borkman

John Gabriel Borkman was a theatre production by The National Theatre, produced in 2004, and based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. The production was staged at the theatre's main stage.

Sebastian Hartmann directed it and won The Hedda Award 2005 in the best direction category.

Jan Grønli acted in the title role.


(Objekt ID 31956)
Object type Production
Premiere August 26, 2004
Produced by The National Theatre
Based on John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Drama, Theatre
Running period August 26, 2004  

Sebastian Hartmann won The Hedda Award 2005 in the best direction category for John Gabriel Borkman by The National Theatre.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"This year's winner is a young, modern and challenging director who, in the production for which he gets the award, bravely uses all the classical tools of the theatre - plus a great deal more – to reach his aim: To grant the audience a total, intense and profound experience of the playwright's text.

As so many of the younger directors of today, this year's award winner can be regarded as controversial. His stage expression is daring and expressive, his director's hold bubbles with ideas, innovation and imagination, even burlesque slapstick acts are integrated into an otherwise sombre interpretation by the director. This is no hindrance for the actors to take a central part in the production, and the actors' intense, revealing and nuanced close-ups of the rich character gallery is exactly what creates such an unusually powerful, involving theatre experience - in pair with the innovative, fascinating direction concept.

The best direction award goes to the artist who made Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman a contemporary of ours: Sebastian Hartmann."


The National Theatre, John Gabriel Borkman,, 17.10.2012,

Sceneweb om Heddaprisen 2005,, 17.10.2012,

Name Role
Henrik Ibsen – Playwright
Sebastian Hartmann – Adapted by
Hege Randi Tørressen – Adapted by
Sebastian Hartmann – Direction
Hege Randi Tørressen – Dramaturge
Susanne Münzner – Stage design
Susanne Münzner – Costume design
Klaus K Kottmann – Video/Film
Rainer Casper – Lighting design
Frøydis Armand – Actor (Gunhild Borkman)
Trond Brænne – Actor (Vilhelm Foldal)
Janne Formoe – Actor (Frida Foldal)
Jan Grønli – Actor (John Gabriel Borkman)
Thorbjørn Harr – Actor (Erhart Borkman)
Anne Krigsvoll – Actor (Ella Rentheim)
Trine Wiggen – Actor (Fanny Wilton)
Ruth Haraldsdottir – Mask design
Ada Behn – Props
Knut Børresen – Stage manager
Kirsti Holm-Glad – Producer
Performance dates
August 26, 2004Hovedscenen – Opening night