Catiline or Catalina was Henrik Ibsens firstplay. It was written in 1850 and first performed under Ibsens name on December3, 1881 at the Nya Teatern (New Theater), Stockholm, Sweden. The first Norwegianperformance under Ibsens name was at DetMoreCatiline or Catalina was Henrik Ibsens firstplay. It was written in 1850 and first performed under Ibsens name on December3, 1881 at the Nya Teatern (New Theater), Stockholm, Sweden. The first Norwegianperformance under Ibsens name was at Det Nye Teater in Oslo on August 24,1935.Forced to support himself after his father declared bankruptcy, Ibsen went toGrimstad as a pharmacists apprentice.
There he both prepared himself foruniversity and experimented with various forms of poetry. While studying, hefound himself passionately drawn into the Cataline orations by Cicero and chosethis famous conspirator as the subject for his initial effort, writing Catalinein 1849. It appeared the next year in Christiania in the following spring underIbsens early pseudonym, Brynjolf Bjarme.The main character in this historical drama is the noble Roman LuciusCatilina, based on the historical figure of Catiline. He is torn between twowomen, his wife Aurelia and the Vestal virgin Furia.
As characteristic ofIbsens early work the play is metrical (iambic pentameter) in blank verse.Although Catiline is by no means Ibsens best play, it foreshadowsmany of the important themes found in his later works. Catilina, full of doubtsand torn between love and duty, is quite similar to characters in Ibsens laterplays, such as John Gabriel Borkman, and Halvard Solness in The MasterBuilder.Furia is also the prototype of some of the later female characters, such asHedda Gabler.Ibsen was not the first playwright to dramatize the story of Catiline. BenJonson wrote a tragedy on the subject, called Catiline, His Conspiracy, in1611.Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.