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Program for The Norwegian Touring Theatre's production "Ghosts" (2005) pdf 2005 Download


Ghosts is a theatre production by The Norwegian Touring Theatre, produced in 2005 and based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. The production went on tour the spring of 2005, with its tour premiere March 12 in Skien.

Marit Moum Aune directed it.

Marit Østbye interpreted the role of Helene Alving.

Espen Sandvik interpreted the role of Osvald Alving.

The production opened in Skien.


(Objekt ID 41332)
Object type Production
Premiere March 12, 2005
Produced by The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
Based on Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Drama, Theatre
Running period March 12, 2005  —  June 1, 2005

In an interview with The Norwegian Touring Theatre's performance program Marit Moum Aune said that she found that Oswald Alving had been a victim of incest, performed by his father. The following is an excerpt from the interview:

"- The first question I asked myself was: Why does she send her son away like this? What drives her to such a sacrifice? Something terrible must have happened for her to make such a choice. All of a sudden I understood why, says Moum Aune.

The answer she found with Oswald as he remembered how his father took him in his lap and forced him to smoke a pipe, something that led the boy to cry and throw up.

- Ibsen was very concerned with science, and because of this I think he knew that syphilis is not inherited. The syphilis was transferred sexually to Oswald from his father. This is a way to read it one can't get past. As we started working on it, we discovered that everything fit. It is like a math assignment finding its answer, Moum Aune says, and that is also why Ibsen's day reacted so strongly.

- The bourgeois spirit of the day was like in a dictatorship - people became experts in reading between the lines. Because of this they reacted spontaneously and with disgust. I think they understood the references to incest, but that later times have tried to cover it up."


Performance program from the archive of The Norwegian Touring Theatre, donated by The Norwegian Touring Theatre. 2014, http://sceneweb.no/nb/multimedia/41336

Performance dates
March 12, 2005Dovergubbens hall, Ibsenhuset, Skien Opening night