Barons Court Theatre
28a Comeragh Road
London W14 9HP
9th April – 25th April
Press Preview: 8th April
The play was first staged in Bergen in 1856, directed by Ibsen himself. After the first performance, he wrote:
“The acting was excellent, and full of atmosphere. It was done with joy and devotion, and received in the same way. (…) The author and actors were called back time after time. Later that evening, the orchestra, with many members of the audience, serenaded me outside my windows. I think I was so carried away that I made a sort of speech; at least, I know I felt exceedingly happy.”
Although Ibsen changed his mind about the play a number of times over the course of his life, as the first of his plays to be performed outside Norway, The Feast at Solhaug was instrumental in bringing him to international attention, setting in place many of the themes and character archetypes that would define his drama.
Now, 160 years after it was written, Ottisdottor Productions and directors Mark Ewbank and Holly Prescott present the first English translation. Featuring a strong and seasoned cast including Lucy Pickles, Will Timbers and Che Watson, this production represents a remarkable opportunity to see Ibsen’s first publicly successful work – both a melodic, lilting melodrama and a landmark chapter in his development as a playwright.