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The plays of Henrik Ibsen, nineteenth-century Norwegian poet and dramatist, were both controversial and enormously influential in Britain; their use of realist techniques to address contemporary social problems helped to bring about a revolution in English drama. Elizabeth Robins and Florence Farr played important roles in getting his plays staged in England, and Robins interpreted his characters on stage. After the 1889 production of A Doll's House in London, British feminists claimed Ibsen as an ally, and his name became closely associated with 'New Woman' writers such as George Egerton and Mona Caird. Githa Sowerby and Elizabeth Baker were among the many dramatists influenced by his work.
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20 March 1828 Playwright HI was born at Skien in southern Norway, a town that dates back to Viking times. Bibliographic Citation link.
12 April 1850 HI had his first play, Catiline, privately published under the pseudonym 'Brynjolf Bjarme', with the title Catilina, Drama i tre acter. Bibliographic Citation link.
1867 HI published in Copenhagen his poetic drama Peer Gynt. It was first produced on 24 February 1876 at the Christiania Theatre in Oslo with music composed by Edvard Grieg. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 December 1879 HI's A Doll's House, a controversial play which portrays marriage as stifling to its female protagonist, Nora, premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen as Et dukkehjem. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 January 1886 HI's A Doll's House received a private reading at the home of Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling in Bloomsbury, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
7 June 1889 The first public English production of HI's play A Doll's House opened at the Novelty Theatre in London, causing a sensation among forward-looking women. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 December 1899 HI published his final play, When We Dead Awaken, under the title Når vi døde vågner. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 May 1906 HI, dramatist, died at Christiania in Norway. Bibliographic Citation link.
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