Det Norske Theater

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Established2 Jan. 1850 (closed 17 May. 1863)

About Det Norske Theater

Det Norske Theater (literally: The Norwegian Theatre) was established in Bergen in 1850 by an initiative by Ole Bull. The theatre had to cease its activity due to economic difficulties in 1863, and in 1876 re-opened as Den Nationale Scene (literally: The National Stage, which is now also the theatre's official English-language name, after having used The National Venue of Theatre for a while).

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  • Ole Bull - Managing-director (involved from Nov, 1857 to 1863)
  • Ole Bull - Managing-director (involved from 1850 to 1855)
  • Hans Bordevik - Instructor (involved from Sep, 1861 to 17 May. 1863)
  • Harald Nielsen - Instructor (involved from Oct, 1860)
  • Jakob Prom - Instructor (involved from Oct, 1860)

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More about Det Norske Theater

Det Norske Theater became Norway's first Norwegian-language theatre. Its efforts were artistically and nationally oriented, and contributed to making Norwegian the natural language of the stage in Norway. Det Norske Theater was a place of learning for Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson both. In turn, they were employed by the theatre. Henrik Ibsen worked as an instructor and consultant for the theatre 1851–57, and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was its artistic director 1857–59. 

The theatre was also a place of learning for the Danish writer Magdalene Thoresen, and not least for a number of Norwegian performing artists, including the actors Johannes Brun, Lucie Wolf, Jakob Prom, Andreas Isachsen, Fredrikke Nielsen, Ole Bucher, Benedicte Hundevadt and Sofie Parelius.


Store Norske Leksikon, The National Stage, 16.06.2016,

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