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Ibsen's "Ghosts" to Be Staged in Seoul on May 9
Norwegian Embassy Also Hosts Henrik Ibsen Seminar
"Ghosts" by Henrik Ibsen

Norwegian play "Ghosts" written by Henrik Ibsen will be on the stage at Sanwoollim Theater near Hongik University in Seoul on May 9, 2006.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is one of the greatest names in world literature. He is considered the father of modern drama. His plays, 26 in total, continue to be staged in all parts of the world. It is said that Ibsen is the most frequently performed dramatist after Shakespeare.

The year 2006 has been declared the "Ibsen Year" in commemoration of the centennial of Henrik Ibsen's death. Plans are under way both in Norway and other countries to commemorate the great author.

Although frequently performed worldwide, it is not often a professional crew performs Ibsen in Korea. The Norwegian Embassy in Seoul has taken an initiative to change that. A group of people in the theater world have shown interest in such a project.

A well-known stage director & playwright in Korea, Mr. Cha Bum-suk, representative of Sanwoollim theater, Mr. Lim Young-woong have cooperated with the Embassy and decided to put the Ibsen's play "Ghosts" on the stage.

Norwegian companies in Korea have cooperated with this project and Mr. Park Jong-dal, the son of Mr. Park Young-chol, to become partner in the project.

Park Young-chol was a poet, writer and translator, who made the first translation of "A Doll's House" into Korean.

"Ghosts" (in Norwegian "Gjengangere")

Sanwoollim Theater, Seoul (Tel: 334-5915/5925)
Period: From May 9 to July 2, 2006
Opening Date: May 9, Tuesday at 19:30

Tuesday to Thursday: 19:30
Friday: 15:00, 19:30
Saturday: 15:00, 18:00
Sunday: 15:00

Stage Director: Mr. Lim Young-woong
Cast: Jeon Mu-song, Lee Hye-jeong
Partners: Sanwoollim Theater, Park Young-chol Memorial Society, Norwegian companies in Korea, Royal Norwegian Embassy

The play will be conducted in Korean, but the manuscript will be available in English to make non-Korean speakers follow the play. Sanwoollim Theater is a very well known theater in the Sinchon district of Seoul, quite intimate. Mr. Lim Young-woong is a highly reputed stage director in Korea. Mr. Lim has graciously put his theater and staff on the disposal for the play.

On April 25, 2006 Mr. Park Young-chol Memorial Society will arrange a seminar on Henrik Ibsen's life and work along with a few pieces of music from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite.


Title: Henrik Ibsen — Shinning Star of Modern Drama
Date: 25 April 2006 at 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Literature House Seoul (Tel: 778-1026/7 , Website:
Programme: Greeting speech by President of Park Yong-chol Memorial Society, Mr. Cha Bum-seok

Presentation about Ibsen' life by Norwegian Ambassador Arild Braastad (Title: Ibsen – Short Discription)

Lecture by Professor of University of Oslo, Mr. Knut Brynhildsvoll (Title: How Modern Is Ibsen?)

Lecture by Professor of Dankuk University, Mr. Yoo Min-young (Title: How Ibsen Was Received in Korea ?)

Grieg song by Professor of Chosun University, Ms. Park Kay (A Swan, Solveig's Song, A Dream )






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