Eva Röse back at the Royal Dramatic Theater

By on April 18, 2017

Sofia Jupither sets up Henrik Ibsen’s timeless classic about an ongoing midlife crisis and a marriage in rockiness. Premiere at the Little Stage on May 4th.

Lighthouse guard daughter Ellida has married the widower Wangel, a caring doctor, and moved into him and his almost grown daughters in a small town furthest in the fjord. But Ellida finds it hard to find her role in the family and feel stifled by the small town life. She is bathing in the fjord but longing for the sea after freedom after the one she once was. And maybe she longs for the man she once loved – who, after a short and sweet love, disappeared into the wide sea.

– Lady from the sea is about something that most people of a certain age can recognize in, namely how to actually live their lives. Ellida is in a midlife crisis, as it is so well-known in Norwegian, and questions its previous choices in life. But maybe it’s often that the longing for something else obscures the view of what one actually has? says director Sofia Jupither.

Magnus Roosmann plays the role of Ellida’s husband, Wangel.

He is perhaps Ibsen’s most sympathetic husband. A modern, nice and mature man who listens and understands. It is also the reason that the end of this play is different from that in A doll’s house, where Nora leaves Torvald at the end, says Sofia Jupither.

The director Sofia Jupither has previously had great success with Ibsen sets, such as Gengångare at Stockholm City Theater 2010, which was also shown at SVT, and Lille Eyolf, who became a big success at the National Theater in Oslo in 2014. Now she sets up a powerful figure of a woman’s life crisis. As Ellida, we see Eva Röse, back to the Royal Dramatic Theater for the first time since The children’s hour 2013.

Sofia Jupither has worked at the largest theaters in the Nordic region and has directed the first premieres of Lars Norén (Skalv and Fragmente at the Folkeatern in Gothenburg and 3.31.93. at the Stockholm City Theater) as well as Jon Fosse (Svevn at Nationatheatret i Oslo). She has also directed Opera, last Salome at the Royal Opera. In the winter 2016/2017 she is current with Mio min Mio at Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre in Stockholm. In 2014 she was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Thalia award.

Ellida Wangel Eva Röse
Lyngstrand Alexander Salzberger
Ballested Andreas T Olsson
A stranger Johan Holmberg
Doctor Wangel Magnus Roosmann
Hilde Rakel Benér Gajdusek
Arnholm Bengt Braskered
Bolette Electra Hallman

Director Sofia Jupither
Translation Klas Östergren
Processing Mari Vatne Kjelstadli and Sofia Jupither
Scenography and costume Erlend Birkeland
Light design Ellen Ruge
Wig and mask Natalie Pujol

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