The Guitar Man

Original titleGitarmannen
Work typeScript
LanguageNorwegian Nynorsk
Original languageNorwegian Nynorsk




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About The Guitar Man

The Guitar Man is a theatre monologue by Jon Fosse, written in 1994 and first published as a book in 1997. The original title in Norwegian is Gitarmannen

The Guitar Man had its world premiere with Cinnober Teater in Sweden January 7 1999, in a translation by Svante Aulius Lövenborg, using the title Gitarrmannen.

The guitar man came to the town where he lives because of a woman, and he stayed because of a son. Year after year he has been standing in his underpass, singing his songs for people who do not always want to listen. He has now reached a crossroads. The Guitar Man is a play about daring the unknown and to move on.

The plot of The Guitar Man is simple: A street singer taking a break, a breather from the trivialities and repetitions of daily life. He is a middle-aged man midway into an existential crisis. During the play he confronts his life. He makes a final decision and he acts on it.

The Guitar Man is a production about the necessity of making choices. There is a time for everything, including giving in. Facing defeat may let you see something else entirely different.

The Guitar Man was Jon Fosse's first theatre monologue.


Ferske Scener,, 23.11.2010,

Cinnober Teater,, 15.02.2013,

The book Teaterstykke 3 (literally: Theatrical Plays 3), Det Norske Samlaget (2005)