IBSEN COMPLEX or The Struggle for Truth


or The Struggle for Truth/ by Henrik Ibsen / directed by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson
Foto: Armin Smailovic

The desire for truth is greater right now than it has ever been. The harder it is to access reliable facts, the more urgently they are demanded. Often truth is used as a commodity for political and social interests. The struggle for truth and what is right is defined by polemics, distortions, populism and lies. Political truths, scientific truths, personal truths – they all compete with each other and lead to upheavals and insecurity among the public. Who can we still trust?

Henrik Ibsen is the expert when it comes to the struggle for social and private truth, and the reciprocal, interweaving nature of these two things. His diverse dramas tell of personal and destructive conflicts around truth, which is allegedly the most precious commodity.

In IBSEN COMPLEX, Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson focuses on this, one of the Norwegian dramatist’s recurring themes – you see it in ‘The Wild Duck’, in ‘Nora’, in ‘An Enemy of the People’, ‘Little Eyolf’ and other plays too. The Icelandic director is currently Director at the Berlin Volksbühne, has staged productions at the Vienna Burgtheater and is now coming to Thalia for the first time.



Premiere 3rd December 2020, Thalia Theater