A Doll's House

A Doll's House (1880) was a theatre production by The National Stage, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. The production was performed in Komediehuset. It visited Trondheim in 1881, and was revived in 1882.

At the time of the premiere, Adelaide Johannesen interpreted the role of Nora. Betty Hennings visited the theatre in the role at the revival in 1882.

In 1887 Johanne Juell (later named Dybwad) played the role of Nora.

It visited Stockholm in 1902.


(Objekt ID 61710)
Object type Production
Premiere January 30, 1880
Produced by The National Stage
Based on A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Audience Adults
Number of events 18
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre, Drama
Running period January 30, 1880  


Normann, Axel Otto: Johanne Dybwad, book published by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, Oslo 1937

H. Wiers-Jenssen and Joh. Nordahl-Olsen: Den Nationale Scene, de første 25 aar (literally: The National Stage, the first 25 years), book published by John Griegs forlag 1926

The National Stage's repertoire database, donated by The National Stage, 24.06.2016

The National Library of Norway, ibsen.nb.no, http://ibsen.nb.no/id/28546

Name Role
Henrik Ibsen – Playwright
Albert Bøgh – Actor (Torvald Helmer)
Johanne Dybwad (from 1887 to NIL) – Actor (Nora )
Fredrik Garmann – Actor (Doktor Rank)
Betty Hennings (from 1882 to 1882) – Actor (Nora)
Adelaide Johannesen (from 1880 to 1880) – Actor (Nora)
Elisa Michelsen – Actor (Et Bybud)
Lars Michelsen – Actor (Sagfører Krogstad)
Inga Olsen – Actor (Fru Linde)
Emil Poulsen – Actor (Torvald Helmer)
Ingeborg Rasmussen – Actor (Anne-Marie, barnepike hos Helmers)
Ida Aalberg Kiwekäs (from 1888 to NIL) – Actor (Nora)
Performance dates
September 19, 1888Det Gamle Teater/Komediehuset – New opening
December 1887Det Gamle Teater/Komediehuset – New opening
June 8, 1882Det Gamle Teater/Komediehuset – New opening
June 9, 1881Gamle Scene – visiting performance
January 30, 1880Det Gamle Teater/Komediehuset – Opening night
Press coverage

Writer and date unknown, Bergens Tidende [Bergen]: 
"Miss Juell's acting was all the way through characterised by sincere understanding, and she was Nora."

Writer and date unknown, Bergensposten [Bergen]: 
"Miss Juell's Nora has many competent and absolutely talented aspects. But as a whole, the performance must be viewed and judged as a debut. In the first act, Miss Juell's Nora seemed at one and the same time too massive and too colourless. Her voice often sounded hard, her twittering so strangely spring-cold. Mostly, when the lines filled with flights of fancy came about, Miss Juell came to herself. Or when anxiety came, and was driven back, but always come closer again. In the second act, the claw grabs her, and wants to suck out her heart blood. This Nora, Miss Juell had the correct hold of. As Nora, she has shown us a singular example of extraordinary dramatic possibilities. But she has also learned from Nora, as she has taught the rest of us, that there is still a lot and more to learn."

Writer and date unknown, Bergens Aftenblad [Bergen]: 
"Miss Juell's interpretation of Nora had many good, hopeful singularities, there were not few lines she performed excellently. Moments of real and significant stage talent frequently broke through. But as a whole, the performance still lacked some. However, there is reason to think that her performance will gain significantly from being repeated a few times."