The worlds largest theatre award

The world's largest theatre Award is handed out during the Ibsen Festival in September 2016.  

The importance. The International Ibsen Award was founded in 2007 and is awarded every other year. It is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious awards within theatre.

The winner is announced every other year in March, and the award ceremony takes place during the International Ibsen Festival at the National Theatre. The winner receives 2.5 million Norwegian kroner, which is financed by the Norwegian state and the Ministry of Culture. Previous winners of the award include Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, Jon Fosse, Heiner Goebbels, and Peter Handke. 

The jury. The jury for the International Ibsen Award consists of seven prominent members of the theatre community who have been appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Each member sits on the committee for four years. Proposals for new jury members are suggested by a wide range of cultural and theatrical institutions and organizations. The jury members travel all over the world to see performances associated with award nominees, and they hold several meetings before deciding on a winner.

Committee chairman Per Boye Hansen and Forced Entertainment's Tim Etchells after the announcement in Oslo in March. Photo: Øyvind Eide. 

Committee chairman Per Boye Hansen and Forced Entertainment's Tim Etchells after the announcement in Oslo in March. Photo: Øyvind Eide.