Romantic Norwegian drama

It’s Valentine’s Day, so I’m spicing up my blogposts with a little romance…

One of the questions we’ve pondered now and again at our Nordic Noir events (and on this blog!) is how those Scandinavians got so good at creating finely-honed, compelling drama on the printed page and on screen. One possible answer is that the Nordic literary tradition is peopled with writers who were masters of crafting stories and plays full of complex characters and social dilemmas, and whose work (like crime fiction) explores the biggest mystery of all: human nature. One such author is, of course, Henrik Ibsen, Norway’s great playwright. His play The Lady from the Sea starts a run on 23 February at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, starring Joely Richardson. A few days before the opening night, here at UCL we’re taking advantage of a visit from Ellen Rees of the University of Oslo to hold an event exploring The Lady from the Sea as ‘Romantic Theatre’. The event is free (and we’re even throwing in a complementary glass of wine afterwards) but places are, as always, limited. Sign up here and find out more about the writer whose shadow looms over all our Norwegian crime-writing friends…

Details: Ellen Rees (University of Oslo), Visiting Professor in Scandinavian Studies 2012: ‘Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea and the Romantic Theatre’. Monday, February 20, 2012, 5:15 PM, UCL Chadwick Building B05. Introduced by Dr Marie Wells. Followed at 6.30pm by a wine reception in the South Cloisters, UCL Main Building. EventBrite registration link.

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