Espen Skjønberg

Photo from The National Theatre's production The Cherry Orchard (1988)

Espen Skjønberg (born April 7 1924) is a Norwegian actor.

His parents were the actors Conrad Eugen Skjønberg (1889–1971) and Henny Bucher Eide, later Henny Skjønberg (1886–1973), and from 1959 he was married to actress Mona Hofland (24.06.1929-11.02.2010).

Espen Skjønberg grew up within theatre with well-known actors as parents, and he had his first parts when he was still a child. He and his peer Toralv Maurstad were travelling boys fighting in the movie Fant 1937, and he was among the teenagers in De vergeløse* (The Guardless) in 1939. After a time studying at The Norwegian Theatre, with visiting performances at Chat Noir 1945 he got a student contract at The National Theatre in 1946, staying for three years, mostly in smaller parts. After a short term in Stavanger he initiated a ten-year working period at Det Nye Teater - which was later to become Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) - in 1949, staying on with Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) until 1966 or 1967. After a year or two at The Norwegian Theatre he was an employee of The National Theatre from 1968 to 1995.

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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Ella Hval

Portrettfotografi av skuespiller og instruktør Ella Hval

Ella Hval (født Ella Signe Quist Kristoffersen 7. januar 1904 i Kristiania, død 17. desember 1994 i Stavanger) var en norsk skuespiller og instruktør. Ella Hval debuterte i 1932 på Chat Noir. Hun var tilknyttet Den Nationale Scene i perioden 1936-1940 og Nationaltheatret fra 1940 til hun pensjonerte seg i 1974.

Biografien under om Ella Hval ble skrevet av Thoralf Berg, tidligere professor ved Høyskolen i Sør-Trøndelag. Gjengitt med tillatelse fra forfatteren.

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Hauk Aabel

Fotografi av skuespiller Hauk Aabel

Hauk Erlendssøn Aabel (born April 21 1869 in Førde, died December 12 1961 in Oslo) was a Norwegian actor.

He was married to actress Svanhild Johannessen, and the father of actor Per Aabel and actor, writer and translator Andreas Aabel.

Hauk Aabel made his debut in 1897 at Christiania Theatre, in the role of Pedersen in Hulda Garborg's Reason and Barn Chores. The next few years he was connected to different venues. From 1911 to 1934 he was among the major forces of The National Theatre, with two interruptions: In 1920-21 he worked for Chat Noir and in 1930-31 for Det Nye Teater, which later became part of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre).

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Torun Lian

Torun Lian (født 15. januar 1956) er en norsk forfatter, dramatiker og filmregissør. Lian har mottatt en lang rekke norske og utenlandske priser for sitt arbeid, såvel som regissør og dramatiker som for sine ungdomsromaner. Hun har tidligere arbeidet som rekvisitør, scenograf og har undervist i manuskriptskriving bl.a. ved Den norske filmskolen og Statens studiesenter for film.

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