Henrik Ibsen is one of the giants of modern theatre. His plays are a core part of the dramatic repertoire across the world and have exerted extraordinary influence and impact on culture more generally from Europe to America, from Africa to Asia. Controversial, scandalous even, in the 1880s there were few writers more talked about, more debated, more revered and reviled. While he wrote in a wide variety of forms it was his naturalism and realism that gained him a position as one of the inventors of 20th-century theatre. Dan Rebellato leads this talk, looking at the significance and impact of Ibsen’s work, exploring the elegant sophistication and shocking originality of some of his greatest plays. Dan Rebellato is a playwright and Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway University. His plays include Chekhov in Hell, Static, Mile End, Beachy Head and Emily Rising. Books include 1956 and All That, Contemporary European Theatre Directors and Decades of British Playwriting: 2000–2009.