Internationally Acclaimed Dramatist to Oslo: Annual Ibsen Lecture 2019

Samuel Adamson (UK) is one of the world’s leading Ibsen adaptors. He will be visiting Oslo to discuss his latest play Wife (2019), inspired by A Doll’s House.


Photo: Marc Brenner


“A rousing look at 60 years of sexual identity.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

“This is the most important adaptation of A Doll’s House I have come across in recent years.”
Julie Holledge, Professor, Centre for Ibsen Studies


The Centre for Ibsen Studies proudly presents an evening with Samuel Adamson at the Annual Ibsen Lecture on 21 November at the National Library. Adamson has previously reworked Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (2003), Pillars of the Community (2005) and Little Eyolf (Mrs. Affleck, 2009); the last two were commissioned by the Royal National Theatre in London. "Samuel Adamson’s exciting new play explores the evolving institution of marriage. Sam has had a long relationship with Ibsen. We are delighted to have him in Oslo in order to discuss the disconcerting and surprising aspects of Ibsen’s works that are made relevant again and again by dramatists like him," says Liyang Xia, Acting Head of the Centre for Ibsen Studies.

The Annual Ibsen Lecture includes an exclusive discussion between Adamson and Xia. It will also feature a special reading of scenes from Wife by actors Erik A. Schjerven, Amalie Krogh and Veronika Smit​.

In Wife, Adamson expands Ibsen’s narrative to explore the power relations in same-sex relationships, giving a new twist to the ever-growing interpretations of Ibsen’s most infamous ending. “The great quality of his play is that it shows we are still waiting for the miracle promised at the end of A Doll’s House and that the quest for the ideal continues,” The Guardian wrote after the play’s premiere in London earlier this year.

Photo: Simon Annand

Samuel Adamson is the winner of Whatsonstage Theatregoers’ Choice Best New Play Award 2008 and Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014.

The Annual Ibsen Lecture is free and open to the public. Previous speakers have included Terry Eagleton (UK), Thomas Ostermeier (Germany) and Joan Templeton (US).



Video recording

The video from the seminar is available in its entirety.


For any questions or further comments, contact: Liyang Xia, Acting Head of the Centre for Ibsen Studies,, +47 22 85 86 87.


Tags: Annual Ibsen Lecture, Samuel Adamson, Wife, Henrik Ibsen
Published Oct. 16, 2019 6:24 PM - Last modified Dec. 4, 2019 3:32 PM