Albert & Anna

Premiére date23 May. 2017
Produced byThe Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret), The National Stage
Based onAlbert & Anna by Frode Grytten
AudienceAdults
LanguageNorwegian
ExpressionsTheatre, Romantic comedy
Running period23 May. 2017  
Duration140 minutes, including an interval
WebsiteDNS, Riksteatret

About Albert & Anna

Albert & Anna (2017) is a theatre production by The Norwegian Touring Theatre in collaboration with The National Stage. Albert & Anna is the world premiere of a play by Frode Grytten. The production had its premiere in Teaterkjelleren, The National Stage, during Bergen International Festival 2017.

Hildegun Riise directed it.

Sverre Bentzen played the elder Albert.

Kari Simonsen played the elder Anna.

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    Press review

    Lillian Bikset, En berørende beretning om et alminnelig ektepars alminnelige sorger (literally: A moving story of an ordinary married couple's ordinary sorrows), Dagbladet May 23 2017:

    "Albert & Anna follows the old Albert (Sverre Bentzen) and the old Anna (Kari Simonsen) through four seasons. Parallelly, memories of the young Albert (Kristoffer Sagmo Aalberg) and the young Anna (Stine Robin Berg Hansen) through the same seasons come to life. The symbols for the seasons are many and clear: The action takes place in the garden, evocatively formed by Åse Hegrenes, and laden with metaphorical growth and decline. (...) Sverre Bentzen and Kari Simonsen show the two old ones with finely tuned richness in detail. She depicts the dementia-ridden Anna's agelessness and aging, the mix of childishness and deterioration, unpredictable changes and a constant core. He depicts the healthy-minded Albert's development and attempts at balancing, the conflict between the wish to be strong and to keep the promises of 'until death' for them both, and the growing, guilt-ridden knowledge that there are limits to how much he can manage."

    More about Albert & Anna

    At the webpage of The Norwegian Touring Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Albert & Anna:

    "We get close to Albert and Anna, two elderly people who have loved one another throughout a long life. Albert & Anna is a story of ordinary love, the kind of love that isn't observed by anyone but those sharing it.

    As partners through life, Albert and Anna have cultivated their garden and cultivated each other. But now, Anna is in the process of disappearing, and when she goes, Albert also fears losing himself. In the performance, they are reunited with the young Anna and the young Albert. Humorous and warm flashbacks depict their life together and the bonds they share through seasons in change."

    SOURCES:

    The National Stage, dns.no, 30.03.2017,  http://www.dns.no/program/2017/albert-anna/

    Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 30.03.2017

    The Norwegian Touring Theatre, www.riksteatret.no, 15.09.17, http://www.riksteatret.no/repertoar/albert-og-anna/