Stein Winge

Stein Winge (born November 10 1940) is a Norwegian director and actor.

Winge was educated as an actor, but started directing at an early time.

Stein Winge was employed at The National Theatre 1971–76, from 1976 at The National Stage. After this he worked as a freelancer with assignments at a number of theatres, and he was the artistic director of The Torshov Theatre 1982–87 and the head of The National Theatre 1990–92.

Among the plays Stein Winge has directed are Creditors and Pariah, or the Outcast by Strindberg, No Exit by Sartre and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Albee, Chekov's The Cherry Orchard and Beckett's Waiting for Godot at The National Theatre.

He has directed Brecht several times; Life of Galileo at Rogaland Theatre, Mother Courage at The Torshov Theatre and The Good Person of Szechuan for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's TV drama division.


(Objekt ID 8825)
Object type Person
Born Navember 10, 1940 (dead February 26, 2024)
Functions Director, Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Male

Stein Winge has been responsible for a number of Shakespeare productions at The Torshov Theatre. His modernised version of Peer Gynt for Hålogaland Theatre was controversial, whereas his daring productions at The Norwegian Theatre of Faust, Hamlet, Pantagleize and Troilus and Cressida were met with delight.

He also staged King Lear at Los Angeles Theatre Center with Espen Skjønberg in the title role.

For The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet he has staged productions including Verdi's Macbeth, Othello, Falstaff and La Traviata, and Janáček's Jenufa. He was the chief director and artistic advisor of the opera from 1999.

A complete list of Stein Winge's assignments at The National Theatre can be found at the webpage of the theatre (Norwegian only).

Stein Winge won The Hedda Award 1999 in the best direction for Il Trittico, produced by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in 1999.

The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Stein Winge, produced by The Norwegian Touring Theatre, was nominated for The Hedda Award 2014 in the best production for children and youth category.

Stein Winge was awarded Honorary Hedda as part of The Hedda Award 2019.

The Hedda Committee gave the following reason for the award:

"The Hedda Committee’s honorary award is a particularly prestigious award, and this year it goes to an instructor for his significant work as a director in Norwegian and international theatre and opera.

His fearless signature has inspired colleagues, given audiences rich experiences and put Norwegian performing arts on the map. His knowledge is massive, and he is massively uncompromising. With characteristic temper and deeply human insight he has gone to war with small and larger ensembles, old and new texts, and a wide range of spaces, genres and expressions, over and over again, Many have experienced how they could go further than they thought they could under his artistic management.

In his work he has been significant for the development of Norwegian director's art and the position of the profession in relationship to the drama text. He has the courage to think big and anew. In the space where we now are: For instance through the giant project Merlin and The Bible. As artistic director at The National Theatre he was enough of a visionary to establish The Ibsen Festival.

The Hedda Committee would like to pay tribute to Norwegian theatre's legendary bad boy and distinguished patriarch, Stein Winge."


Store Norske Leksikon om Stein Winge,, 16.11.2012,

The National Theatre on Stein Winge,, 16.11.2012,

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 1999,, 14.11.2012,

The Hedda Award,, 19.05.2014,

The Hedda Award,, 16.10.19,

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award,, 16.10.19,

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