The Online Stage heard but not seen

Henrik Ibsen

The Online Stage has launched an ambitious project to record all twenty-six plays by Henrik Ibsen.


This programme will include two obscure works, Norma and St John's Eve, which have been specially translated for the Online Stage by Kristin Gjerløw.


Rosmersholm

Rosmersholm is a play surrounding the deep and intense political and cultural change in Norway in the middle of the 1880s, a period during which the traditional ruling class were forced to relinquish their right to impose their ideals on the rest of society. We follow Johannes Rosmer, a pastor who has resigned from his position; Rebecca West, a woman who sees Rosmer's potential and believes she can help him to realize his dream of creating a world of "happy, noble people"; and Headmaster Kroll, Rosmer's former best friend, who takes it upon himself to deliver some home truths to the other two. Rosmer's view of life is seriously challenged by his interactions with Rebecca, which lead to a shattering conclusion.


This production is part of a project by The Online Stage to record all 26 plays by Ibsen.


Cast

John Rosmer - John Burlinson
Rebecca West - K. G. Cross
Headmaster Kroll - Alan Weyman
Ulrik Brendel - Peter Tucker
Peder Mortensgaard - Ron Altman
Madame Helseth - Michele Eaton

Stage directions read by Denis Daly


Afterword composed and read by K. G. Cross


Link to audio:

Rosmersholm

The League of Youth

Translation by William Archer


Often considered to be Ibsen’s most popular play in his lifetime, the League of Youth caused fighting in the streets, with conservatives claiming it was an attack on their party and liberals claiming it was an attack on theirs! A thought-provoking comedy that’s sure to feel shockingly familiar.

Unusally for Ibsen, this play has a lot of humour and a more-or-less happy ending.


Cast
Stensgaard, a lawyer - Ben Lindsey Clark
Chamberlain Brattsberg, an ironmaster - John Burlinson
Anders Lundestad, a farmer - Brett Downey
Daniel Heire - Phil Benson
Dr. Fjeldbo, the works' doctor - Peter Tucker
Mons Monsen, of Storli, a landowner - Marty Kryz
Aslaksen, a printer - Tovarisch
Thora, Brattberg's daughter - K.G.Cross
Mrs. Rundholmen, a tradesman's widow - Jennifer Fournier
Bastian Monsen, Monsen's son - Chris Marcellus
Erik Brattsberg, Brattsbergs son, a lawyer and business man - Ed Humpal
Selma, Erik's wife - Maureen Boutiler
Ragna, Monsen's daughter - Rebecca Thomas
Helle, tutor at Storli - Jeff Moon
Ringdal, works' manager - David Prickett
A maidservant in the Chamberlain's household - Leanne Yau
A waiter - Andrew Coleman
A servant girl - Charlotte Duckett
Stage directions read by Denis Daly

Afterword read by K.G.Cross

Audio edited by K.G.Cross


Link to audio:

The League of Youth


The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck (Vilanden) is a tragedy with comic episodes. Ibsen himself characterized the play as a tragicomedy. It depicts ordinary life realistically instead of romantically and sentimentally, a revolutionary concept in Ibsen's time. The play is now generally acknowledged as one of Ibsen's supreme accomplishments. 

Cast: 

  • Hjalmar Ekdal - David Prickett 
  • Gregers Werle - Jeff Moon 
  • Gina Ekdal - K.G.Cross 
  • Hedvig - Becca Maggie 
  • Old Ekdal - Ron Altman 
  • Håkon Werle - John Burlinson 
  • Relling - Brett Downey 
  • Mrs Sørby - Linda Barrans 
Pettersen - Peter Tucker 
Molvik - Ben Lindsey-
Clark Gråberg - Denis Daly 
A flabby gentleman - Tovarisch 
A thin haired gentleman - Ed Humpal 
A short-sighted gentleman - Marty Krz 

Stage directions read by Sarah Hulslander 


Afterword written and narrated by K.G. Cross. Text copyright 2018 K.G.Cross.


Audio edited by K.G.Cross

Link to audio:

 The Unexplored Ibsen

The Unexplored Ibsen

Two plays by Henrik Ibsen. Translated by K.G.Cross.

Norma; or a Politician's Love and St. John's Night are two of Ibsen's least-known plays.


Norma is a satirical opera published anonymously in the literary magazine Andhrimner in 1851. The play was designed as a dramatic parody of Vincenzo Bellini's opera Norma, in which the characters are portrayed as central figures in the political life of contemporary Norway.


St. John's Night is a fairy-tale comedy that takes place during a midsummer feast on a farm in Telemark. It is inspired by many sources, most notably A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, and features many of the same themes. Ibsen refused to acknowledge the play as his own work (although it was definitely composed by him), and it did not appear in print during his lifetime.


Cast

Narrator - Ron Altman
 Adalgasia/Juliane - Amanda Friday
 Norma/Anne - K.G.Cross
 Severus/Julian Poulsen - Richard Andrews
 Ariovist/Berg - Tomas Peter
 Mrs. Berg - Linda Barrans
 Jorgen Kvist - David Prickett
 Johannes Birk - Andy Harrington

Audio edited by K. G. Cross


Link to audio:
The Unexplored Ibsen


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