Det Nye Teater

Det Nye Teater (literally: The New Theatre) (1918-1959) was a Norwegian theatre, active from 1918. In 1959 it joined forces with Folketeatret to establish Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre).

The limited liability company Det Nye Teater was established November 20 1918, after an initiative by the writers Johan Bojer and Peter Egge, and with the Norwegian nation as the major shareholder. The aim was to support recently written Norwegian drama.

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(Objekt ID 33211)
Object type Organization
Organization type Producing
Main focus Theatre
Established Navember 20, 1918 (closed August 31, 1959)

Contact information

Address Rosenkrantzgate 10, Oslo, Norway

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Legal entity Limited liability company/AS or ASA
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The limited liability company Det Nye Teater was established November 20 1918, after an initiative by the writers Johan Bojer and Peter Egge, and with the Norwegian nation as the major shareholder.The aim was to support recently written Norwegian drama.

In 1924 the theatre bought land in the street of Rosenkrantzgate, no. 10, to build a theatre venue. Architects Gudolf Blakstad and Jens Dunker designed it, and the cornerstone was laid down in 1927. The theatre opened February 26 1929, when At the Gate of the Kingdom, the first part of a trilogy by Knut Hamsun, was performed. The next two evenings Hamsun's The Game of Life and Sunset Glow followed.

Because of economic struggles the theatre gave up the Norwegian drama idea after a couple of seasons, and in 1937 the enterprise was taken over by a new company, the limited liability company called AS Scenekunst (AS Performing Arts), founded by the actor Victor Bernau. With this, Det Nye Teater became a privately owned entertainment theatre.

Not until 1947 the then leader of the theatre, Axel Otto Normann, returned to the original artistic aim. At the time the repertoire consisted of classic plays, modern Norwegian and international drama, entertainment pieces, operettas and operas. During this period of time the theatre was supported economically by the municipality of Oslo.

September 1 1959 AS Scenekunst, managing Det Nye Teater, merged with Folketeatret in establishing a new company, the limited liability company Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre). The initiative had been taken by the municipality of Oslo.

Heads of AS Det Nye Teater:
1928-1931: Ingolf Schanche
1931-1932: Thomas Thomassen
1932-1933: Gyda Christensen
1933-1934: Einar Sissener
1934-1935: Hjalmar Fries
1935-1936: Gyda Christensen
1936-1937: Einar Sissener, partly in collaboration with Fridtjof Mjøen.

Heads of AS Scenekunst:
1937-1939: Victor Bernau
1939: Otto Carlmar (for a few months)
1939-1945: Gyda Christensen, partly in collaboration with Hjalmar Fries
1945-1947: Tore Foss
1947-1959: Axel Otto Normann


Sources:

Store Norske Leksikon, http://snl.no/Oslo_Nye_Teater and http://snl.no/Folketeatret

Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), http://www.oslonye.no/om_teatret/historikk/

Contributors
Axel Otto Normann – Theatre director (fra 1947 til 1959)
Tore Foss – Theatre director (fra 1945 til 1947)
Otto Carlmar – Theatre director (fra May 1939 til Navember 1939)
Gyda Christensen – Theatre director (fra 1939 til 1945)
Hjalmar Friis – Theatre director (fra 1939 til 1945)
Victor Bernau – Theatre director (fra 1937 til 1939)
Fridtjof Mjøen – Theatre director (fra 1936 til 1937)
Einar Sissener – Theatre director (fra 1936 til 1937)
Gyda Christensen – Theatre director (fra 1935 til 1936)
Hjalmar Fries – Theatre director (fra 1934 til 1935)
Einar Sissener – Theatre director (fra 1933 til 1934)
Gyda Christensen – Theatre director (fra 1932 til 1933)
Thomas Thomassen – Theatre director (fra 1931 til 1932)
Ingolf Schanche – Theatre director (fra 1928 til 1931)