Det Norske Teatret
Det Norske Teatret (English: Norwegian Theater) is a theatre
in Oslo. The theatre was founded in 1912, after an initiative from
Hulda Garborg and Edvard Drabløs. It opened in 1913, touring with
two plays, Ervingen by
Ivar Aasen and Rationelt Fjøsstell by Hulda
Garborg. Its first official performance was Ludvig Holberg's comedy
Jeppe på berget, with Haakon VII of
Norway and the prime minister of
Norway among the spectators.
Hulda Garborg was the first board
manager, and Rasmus Rasmussen was the first theatre director. The
theatre primarily performs plays written in or translated into
The theatre has three stages, and about 12–15 productions per year,
plus guest plays. Five of Jon Fosse's plays saw their first
productions on Det Norske Teatret: Nokon kjem til å komme (1996), Ein
sommars dag (1999), Vakkert (2001), 3ogtosaman (2001) and Rambuku
The theatre was awarded
Spellemannprisen in 1979 for the musical play
Så lenge skuta kan gå.
Actor and singer Rasmus Rasmussen was the theatre's first director,
from 1912 to 1915.
Edvard Drabløs was one of the founders, and
served as a director from 1915 to 1916, and later also from 1950 to
1951. Amund Rydland, who had been with the theatre from the start, was
the director from 1916 to 1922 (shared with
Anton Heiberg and Sigurd
Eldegard in periods). After him
Ingjald Haaland served as theatre
director for eleven years, from 1922 to 1933.
Hans Jacob Nilsen
Hans Jacob Nilsen was
theatre director from 1933 to 1934, and from 1946 to 1950. The writer
Oskar Braaten had earlier worked as a consultant for the theatre, and
served as its director from 1934 to 1936. The actor
Knut Hergel was
director from 1936 to 1942, and again from 1945 to 1946. His period
was interrupted by Nasjonal Samling's
Cally Monrad from 1942 to 1945,
during the German occupation of Norway. This forced movement by the
nazis was answered with a total boycott by the public. The jurist
Ole Barman was theatre director 1951–1953, and Nils Sletbak, also
Dramaturg and writer
Tormod Skagestad served two
periods, from 1961 to 1965, and from 1976 to 1979. Actor and
Svein Erik Brodal
Svein Erik Brodal was the theatre's director from 1975 to
1975, and again from 1979 to 1990. Instructor
Otto Homlung was
director from 1990 to 1997. Actor and dramatist
Vidar Sandem served as
theatre director from 1997 to 2010.
Erik Ulfsby was appointed theatre
director from 2011.
Ivar Aasen's Ervingen and Hulda Garborg's Rationelt fjøsstell were
played on the theatre's first touring day, in
Kristiansand 2 January
1913. At this occasion also a prologue written by
Anders Hovden was
read. Olav Hoprekstad's Bjørnefjell was played the next day in
Kristiansand. Ludvig Holberg's Jeppe på Berget was played in
February, and later at the official opening in Bondeungdomslaget's
assembly hall in Bøndernes Hus in Kristiania 6 October 1913. At this
President of the Storting
President of the Storting Jørgen Løvland, prime
minister Gunnar Knudsen, the ministers Bryggesaa, Castberg,
Abrahamsen, Keilhau and Urbye, President of the
Odelsting Johan Ludwig
Mowinckel, and King of Norway, Haakon VII were present. "Jeppe" was
played by the theatre's director Rasmus Rasmussen. The next day Oskar
Braaten's Stor-Anders was played. In November 1913 the theatre played
Friarar by Hoprekstad, and two plays by Gustaf af Geijerstam,
Lars-Anders and Jan-Anders.
In 1914 the theatre played Molière's comedy Arme Jørgen (George
Dandin), Arne Garborg's Læraren, Oskar Braaten's Ungen (in
Stavanger), Sigurd Eldegard's Gamlelandet, and Hulda Garborg's
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Det Norske Teatret
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Coordinates: 59°54′54″N 10°44′19″E / 59.91500°N