The Torshov Theatre

The Torshov Theatre is a sub-department of The National Theatre.

The theatre opened the autumn of 1977 with a drama written particularly for the borough of Torshov, Lever du'a Karlsen?* (Are you alive, then, Karlsen?), by Tor Edvin Dahl.

The first few years the theatre was organised communally, with a relatively permanent ensemble artistically only loosely connected to The National Theatre. Eventually the idea of a repertoire especially directed towards the borough's population was left behind.

In 1982 Stein Winge became the artistic director of the theatre, and during his time as a leader particular emphasis was on providing classics such as Shakespeare, Ibsen and Gorky a modern, theatrical expression.

From the 1990es the theatre has been ruled by groups of actors, each group responsible for a term of a few years at the time.


Store Norske Leksikon,

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


(Objekt ID 3925)
Object type Organization
Main focus Theatre
Established 1977

Contact information

Address Oslo, Norway

Other information

Legal entity Other
Co-productions (4)
Title Premiere
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – March 2, 2012 – Imploding Fictions, Oslo International Theatre
Swamped in Sensation – October 3, 2007 – Sons of Liberty
SLOWFLY/V.i.c.t.o.r.i.a.. – April 30, 2004 – herStay
Asfaltblomster – 1988