Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Nationaltheatret, Oslo

The National Theatre in Oslo (Norwegian: Nationaltheatret) is one of Norway's largest and most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts.

The theatre had its first performance on 1 September 1899 but can trace its origins to Christiania Theatre, which was founded in 1829. There were three official opening performances, on subsequent days in September; First, selected pieces by Ludvig Holberg, then An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, and on the third day Sigurd Jorsalfar by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.

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Gordon Bowker speculates in Pursued By Furies that Nordahl Grieg took Lowry to the theatre during Lowry's stay in Oslo in 1931. ((Pg. 129). This is based on the fact that Grieg was then currently working on his play Atlanterhavet (The Atlantic) to be performed at the National Theatre. Lowry refers to the theatre in his novel Ultramarine when the protagonist Dana Hilliot asks his girlfriend Janet Travena; "what shall it be - for we must make the most of our emancipation from out parents - the Nationaltheatret, or the Circus or the Chat Noir?" (Pg. 68). Lowry also referred to the theatre in a letter to his wife Jan Gabrial dated Summer 1933; "just turn to the left at the Nationaltheatret exit from the Røde Mølle, that being an ugly looking theatre with Ibsen, Bjornsen, & Hieberg outside it." (Collected Letters Vol 1 Pg. 130).

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