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Announcement of The International Ibsen Award 2020 is postponed

Pressemelding   •   mar 20, 2020 18:47 CET

The International Ibsen Award was founded by the Norwegian government in 2007.

The recipient of The International Ibsen Award is usually revealed on Henrik Ibsen’s birthday, 20 March. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus the announcement of this year’s recipient is postponed.

One of the world’s most prestigious theatre awards, The International Ibsen Award, is given out biannually. Due to the extraordinary situation we are experiencing worldwide caused by the outbreak of coronavirus, the announcement of whom will be this year’s award recipient is postponed.

The International Ibsen Award

The International Ibsen Award was founded by the Norwegian government in 2007. The award recipient receives 2.5 million Norwegian kroner, and is decided upon by a committee of seven senior figures within performing arts, appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. The award is announced every second year on Henrik Ibsen’s birthday, 20 March. The award ceremony takes place during the International Ibsen Festival, which is arranged at the National Theatre of Norway in September. The festival shows a guest play by the award recipient – as well as arranges an artist portrait. The National Theatre of Norway is the secretariat for The International Ibsen Award.

The Committee

The chairwoman of the Committee is Ingrid Lorentzen, Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Ballet. Committee members are CEO & Artistic Director of Bergen International Festival, Anders Beyer, Critic and Professor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Maria Delgado, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Norway, Hanne Tømta, Director and one of three artistic directors of Tampere Theatre Festival in Finland, Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen, Dramaturg and Director of Berliner Festspiele, Dr. Thomas Oberender and Dramaturg and Director of Theatre of Nations and the Territoria festival in Moskva.


Øystein Hygen Christensen, Head of PR and information at the National Theatre of Norway.

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About the National Theatre of Norway

The National Theatre of Norway is the country’s largest theatre, aiming to be recognized as one of the leading theatres in Europe. The theatre is located in the city centre of Oslo – between The Royal Palace and The Norwegian Parliament – in a beautiful building from late 19th century. It consists of four stages: Hovedscenen, Amfiscenen and Malersalen, as well as Torshovteatret, a small stage located east in the city. 

Om Nationaltheatret

Nationaltheatret er Norges største teater med et uttalt mål om å bli anerkjent som et av Europas ledende teatre, tradisjonsrikt og grensesprengende. Teatret ligger i sentrum av Oslo – mellom slottet og Stortinget – i et praktbygg fra forrige århundreskifte. Det har fire faste scener: Hovedscenen, Amfiscenen og Malersalen, samt Torshovteatret, en biscene på Oslos østkant.

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