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Norwegian Ibsen Company

Henrik Ibsen is the most performed dramatist in the world after William Shakespeare, however until recently Norway never had a professional Ibsen Company like The Royal Shakespeare Company or The Globe. Henrik Ibsen’s oeuvre is one of Norway’s most important cultural treasures so Kåre Conradi, one of Norway’s leading actors on Ibsen and a life-time employee at The National Theatre of Norway, decided to take a crucial initiative to establish a dedicated Norwegian Ibsen company. The co-production of About Peer with The National Theatre of Norway was one of the highlights of The International Ibsen Festival 2012.

Every single one of Ibsen’s plays speak to us as modern people in 2016, and the company’s goal is to bring these stories out with great conviction and power. The Norwegian Ibsen Company will present Ibsen’s works to a high professional level, with the country’s leading Ibsen interpreters on stage. The actors will be bilingual, English and Norwegian.

The Norwegian Ibsen Company AS was established with the aim to explore the many layers of Henrik Ibsen’s intense dramas.

The company is based in Norway and is associated with a number of artists with experience and knowledge of Ibsen. The company shall, in addition to its own productions, work towards a resource and expertise exchange between Norwegian and foreign actors and directors through co-productions, guest performances, lectures, seminars and workshops.

The Norwegian Ibsen Company will also produce targeted material geared towards audiences who don’t initially have any knowledge of or interest in Ibsen, with special focus on children and youth.

With many projects to come we hope you will follow us on this exciting journey connecting Ibsen to audiences and performers all over the world.

 

Kåre Conradi

Kåre was born in Asker outside of Oslo, and trained at LAMDA and The Norwegian Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is one of Norway’s most experienced actors on stage and screen.

He has been employed as a regular member at The National Theatre of Norway (NTN) since 1999, where he has performed in more than 30 productions including Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Skylight; Fanny and Alexander; When We Dead Awaken; Peer Gynt; League of Youth; Love’s Comedy; An Ideal Husband and The Threepenny Opera.

Kåre has also performed the part of Charlie Conlon in Stones In His Pockets more than 250 times, with opening night at The National Theatre of Norway in 2002.

Other theatre credits include: Peter Skuleson in The Pretenders by Henrik Ibsen (The National Theatre of Norway, directed by Terry Hands) and as King Håkon Håkonsson once again in Ibsen’s The Pretenders (The Royal Theatre of Denmark, directed by Alexander Mørch Eidem); The Glass Menagerie; Hamlet; West Side Story (Trøndelag Theatre) Singing In The Rain and My Fair Lady (Oslo New Theatre).

From 2000 to 2003 he was one of the artistic directors of TNTs studio stage.

TV and Film credits include: Boys Will Be Boys (Emmy nominated); Ibsen Centennial Awards; Wide Blue Yonder with Brian Cox; The Philanthropist (NBC series); Arctic Passage: Prisoners of the Ice (ITN); King Curling and The Conqueror (NRK).

Concert credits include: performances at various jazz venues in Norway and was the headline act during Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band concert at the London Palladium.

Awards include Best Actor Award (Blå fugl) for Ibsen’s Love’s Comedy, Trøndelag Theatre Award for Hamlet and The Continental Award for Stones In His Pockets.

In 2012, Kåre performed the leading role of The Pilot (and seven other characters) in Nicholas Lloyd Webber & James D Reid’s World Premiere of The Little Prince at The Lyric Theatre in Belfast

In 2013, Artistic director of the Norwegian Ibsen Company, Kåre Conradi, played the leading role in a full scale outdoor production of Peer Gynt in Horten, Norway, alongside a cast of about 40 actors. This was in co-operation with Teater Ibsen and the Navy Orchestra, directed by award winning theater/film director – and director of the new Los Angeles Theatre Center – José Luis Valenzuela.

After an enormous success with Little Eyolf at The National Theatre in 2015 Kåre Conradi played Edward IV in Trevor Nunn’s production of The Wars of the Roses at The Rose Theatre. Traveling back and forth performing Ibsen and Shakespeare in Oslo and London. He just returned this summer from giving talks on Ibsen in Rome and Amalfi. Before that that he finished shooting a Viking series for NRK “Vikingane” and finished a long run as Richard III at The National Theatre in Norway. A role for which he received The Hedda Award (Norways Olivier Award) for Best Actor 2016.

 

Ibsen Performances – Kåre Conradi

The League of Youth – as Stensgård
The National Theatre of Norway
Directed by Edith Roger

Little Eyolf – as Alfred Almers
The National Theatre of Norway

Love’s Comedy – as Falk
The National Radio Theatre, Norway (NRK)
Directed by E. B. Due
(Best actor award 2007)

The Pretenders – as King Håkon Håkonsson
The Royal Theatre of Denmark
Directed by A. M. Eidem

The Wild Duck – as Relling
The National Radio Theatre, Norway (NRK)
Directed by E. B. Due

The Lady from the Sea – as Lyngstrand
The National Radio Theatre, Norway (NRK)
Directed by E. B. Due

Death of mother Aase – as Peer Gynt
with: Liv Ullmann as Aase
and The Norwegian Broadcasting-Orchestra (KORK)
International TV Broadcast (NRK)
Henrik Ibsen 100 years celebration

When We Dead Awaken – as The Bear Hunter
The National Theatre of Norway, (Torshov)
Directed by Jo Strømgren

The Pretenders – as Peter Skuleson
The National Theatre of Norway
Directed by Terry Hands

Lectures and talks on Henrik Ibsen and Edward Munch
Norway / UK / India

About Peer – monologue on Peer Gynt (200 Performances by 2015)
performed in Oslo and around Norway, London, Edinburgh and Mumbai.

Directors associated with The Norwegian Ibsen Company:

Actors associated with The Norwegian Ibsen Company: