All but two of Ibsen’s 27 dramas had their world premières in Ibsen’s own lifetime. The first ten world premières were in Norway. But in 1876-77 Ibsen’s breakthrough as a world dramatist was a fact. On 14 November 1877 Pillars of Society had its world première at the Odense Teater, which was the first stage outside Norway to host the very first performance of an Ibsen play. Subsequently theatres in Sweden, the USA, Germany and Finland joined in a constant race to be the first to put on a new play by Ibsen.
Here you will find a survey of the very first performances of all of Ibsen’s plays. The productions have been arranged chronologically. In IbsenStage you will find more data about each individual production.