Mari Maurstad

Mari Maurstad (born March 17 1957) is a Norwegian actress.

Mari Maurstad has been an employee of The National Theatre's since 1981, and there she has interpreted circa 50 roles, including Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba, Polly in The Three Penny Opera, and Death in The Nightingale.

She has also had parts in revues and musicals at different theatres, playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Val in A Chorus Line, Kate in Kiss me Kate.


(Objekt ID 5790)
Object type Person
Born March 17, 1957
Functions Author, Actor, Producer
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female

For years Mari Maurstad has had central roles in the outdoors production of Peer Gynt by the water Gålåvatnet, and she has written and produced her own solo shows, including Maris glade Mariritt* and Mariality*, most recently the production for children called Snipp Snapp Snabel* (2007). Further she has published 16 books for children and adults, and six CDs, and she has taken part in several movies and TV series.

In 2001 she was the recipient of the honorary award of Leif Juster.

Mari Maurstad won The Hedda Award 2008 in the category of best supporting actress for the role of Lina Lamont in Singin' in the rain at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) the spring of 2008.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"For more than 30 years she has been an important part not just of Norwegian theatre, but of Norwegian culture. She has interpreted classic female roles, but she has also entertained a large audience with elegant efforts in revues and musicals. She has made solo shows, for children as well as adults, she has released books and CDs, and taken part in movies.

She gets the award for a splendid character composition in which she ruthlessly self-depreciating, with sharp wit and human pathos describes a middle-aged woman in the marketplace of vanity.

The best supporting actress award goes to Mari Maurstad for the role of Miss Lamont in Singin' in the rain at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) the spring of 2008."


The Hedda Award

*Maris glade Mariritt and Mariality are both creative wordplays on Mari Maurstad's first name in combination with familiar expressions. They can best be translated into Mari's merry nightmare (or nightmari), and Mari's reality, drawn into one word and simplified, mariality. Snipp Snapp are the first two words in the traditional fairytale ending, but Maurstad has replaced the third (Snute) with Snabel, the Norwegian term for an elephant's trunk.

Artworks (2)
Title Publiseringsdato Role
Mariality Script – Author
Maris glade mariritt Script – Author