Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900

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CHAPTER THREE
Rosmersholm: Toward New
Realms of Art

In this play we again meet with the thought that the ideals of our past will not serve us, and that as yet we have no others created. 1

Rosmersholm was written in 1886, first translated and published in England in 1890, and first performed there on 23 February 1891 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, using a translation by William Archer's brother Charles. 2 His translation was preceded by one by the playwright Louis N. Parker that was published in London early in 1890 in a limited edition and was, according to its title page, 'translated from the Norwegian.' As was so often the case with Ibsen's English and French translators, Parker had first read 'an early version' of the play in German but 'felt instinctively that there were slips and lacunæ.' As he wrote: 'So I got the original and made a fresh translation from that. I lived in and with Rosmersholm a long time. . . . I consider that play the finest instance of modern stage technique. Rosmersholm became an obsession with me; and it was, I now realise, the only useful lesson in playwriting I ever had.' 3 As this chapter will demonstrate, Parker's strong feelings about the structural originality of this play were shared by a small group of Ibsen's contemporaries in England and France; for them it represented the future direction of modern drama.

No Ibsen play had been seen in London since 1889; Rosmersholm was the first of a rash of Ibsen productions that included four important premières (the others were Ghosts, The Lady from the Sea, and Hedda Gabler) as well as revivals of A Doll's House, making the spring of 1891 'perhaps the most momentous period in the history of modern British theatre.' 4 Rosmersholm was a

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