The director of the Swedish Royal Theater, Eirik Stubø, has resigned this Monday as a result of the crisis suffered by the institution in recent weeks due to criticism of its internal policy in cases of abuse and violence. The board of directors of the prestigious theater, popularly called Dramaten, he appealed to the need for a "new beginning" and to create a different work environment, while Stubø assumed that he does not have enough confidence in the heart of the institution.
His exit culminates a controversy that emerged at the end of last month with the broadcast on public television of a documentary about a well-known actress and singer, who revealed that his death in 2016 was related to the aftermath of the abuses and threats committed two decades ago by his then partner, also actor.
Social networks turned into a trend the case of the actress Josefin Nilsson and several people - among them the popular novelist Camilla Läckberg - revealed the name of the aggressor
Social networks turned the actress's case into a trend Josefin Nilsson and several people - among them the popular novelist writer Camilla Läckberg - revealed the name of the aggressor, as well as his connection with the Dramaten, for which he had worked for four decades and with which he has won several awards.
The theater management announced shortly after the suspension of the last functions of a work on the poster with the actor - convicted in his day for mistreating Nilsson, although the penalty of 3 months in prison was made conditional in a court of appeal - and his disengagement from the institution, although the controversy did not cease.
Several actors publicly denounced the passivity of the board of directors in cases of threats or vexations suffered by actresses of its cast
Several actors publicly denounced the passivity of the board of directors in cases of threats or vexations suffered by actresses of its cast, while the theater professionals' union questioned the compliance with the policy of "zero tolerance" with this type of Dramaten acts.
The Swedish Culture Minister, Amanda Lind, also met with the management of Dramaten, who has met several times with his staff to discuss the situation. The abuse campaign #MeToo (Me too), which arose in October 2017 worldwide as a result of complaints against the American film producer Harvey Weinstein, has had special relevance in Sweden.
Several groups of women have publicized manifestos denouncing abuses, and one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, the Swedish Academy, has been completely affected by the accusations against the artist Jean-Claude Arnault, closely linked to the institution that fails each year the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy postponed last year, for the first time in seven decades, the awarding of the Nobel and renewed statutes and members, while Arnault was sentenced by an appellate court to two and a half years in prison for rape.