Who’s afraid of Ibsen? Theatre evening with Ghosts

The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with Dejvice Theatre put on the stage Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts as a part of the Nordic Theatre Evenings project. Karolina Stehlíková, a Nordic culture specialist, will shortly introduce the drama beforehand, and a moderated debate will take place after the play.

We live surrounded by ghosts. And we are all so, so afraid of the light.

Ghosts (1881) are the most naturalist drama of the Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen. During its time, it did not meet with the approval of the theaters. A scandalous text dealing with the topic of infidelity, incest, venereal disease, but also insincerity and shallowness was still too much of a shock for the audience, who for the first time ever had come to terms with the theatre displaying things that were – literally – smelly and unpleasant.

What ghosts are after us all?

The intro begins at 19:00 in the Anti.kvariát of the Dejvice Theatre.
The debate takes place right after the play in the theatre hall.

The entrance to the introduction and the debate are a part of the ticket for the whole play.

Theatre Evenings or Who is afraid of…?

In cooperation with selected theatres introducing texts of Scandinavian authors, the Scandinavian House has launched a series of Nordic Theatre Evenings. We would like the audience to get a deeper insight into the Scandinavian drama, that might not be as popular as the Nordic crime fiction, but can become similarly addictive. Do not be afraid to start tracking the Nordic theatre in the Czech Republic! Unusual horizons and views of the Nordic landscape guaranteed. No need for skis.

The events are organised as commented theatre performances and consist of e. g. a lecturer’s introduction before the performance or a discussion of a various kind, for example sharing of impressions of the play. The introduction provides information about the author, the performed text and a broader context of the piece, or can even familiarise the audience with the performing tradition of more famous, repeatedly staged dramatic texts. After the performance, there is an opportunity to discuss it together. The Theatre Evenings take place in different Prague and Brno theatres 2-4 times a year, depending on the current programmes.

The events are organized with the financial support of statutory town Brno, Prague City Hall and the Ministry of Culture in the Czech Republic.