1066 - The Battle of Stamford Bridge

1066 - The Battle of Stamford Bridge (2011) was Statsteatret's first production in a series of ten, all with themes from Norwegian history. The text for 1066 was developed by Yngve Sundvor in collaboration with the ensemble. The world premiere took place at Teaterhallen, Rogaland Theatre, before the production was performed on tour.

Yngve Sundvor directed the production.

The roles were played by Gard B. Eidsvold, Cato Skimten Storengen, Kim Sørensen and Per Kjerstad.

1066 - The Battle of Stamford Bridge is Statsteatret's first production in a cycle of ten, chronicling Norwegian history.

A digital version of 1066- Slaget ved Stamford Bridge was released by Statsteatret during the Corona crisis of 2020. You may read more about that here. The autumn of 2020, the production was performed live for a limited number of spectators, due to Coronavirus prevention measures.


(Objekt ID 15362)
Object type Production
Premiere May 26, 2011
Produced by Statsteatret
In collaboration with Rogaland Theatre
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Corona-production
Running period May 26, 2011  
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes

Requirements to venue

Blackout Yes

The action takes place at the end of the Viking Age, and the days prior to the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

Among the characters are the king, Harald Sigurdsson AKA Harald Hardrada (in Norwegian: Hardråde, which means hard ruler or hard to rule), who in the play suffers heavy depressions. His son Olav has a weight problem and is in a serious relationship with God. There is a skald, Tjodolv, dreaming about writing a bestseller in an age of illiteracy, and an English Earl in forced exile, Tostig, or, in Norwegian, Toste, who is socially inept and may have problem with substance use.

At the webpage of Statsteatret the following, among other things, is written about 1066 – The Battle of Stamford Bridge:

"Statsteatret attacks Norwegian history and the king sagas in a no holds barred death match. What you thought you knew about the famous battle may be turned upside-down when the experienced actors take on history like a theatrical version of Mythbusters. Is the Viking inside still alive? This is tragicomedy about one of the worst battles in Norwegian history, in which 5000 Norwegians lost their lives in an attempt to conquer England."


Statsteatret, statsteatret.no, 13.08.2013, http://statsteatret.no/forestillinger/1066-slaget-ved-stamford-bridge/, 30.09.2020, http://statsteatret.no/forestillinger/1066-slaget-ved-stamford-bridge/

Contributors (7)
Name Role
Yngve Sundvor – Script (i samarbeid med ensemblet)
Yngve Sundvor – Direction
Gard B. Eidsvold – Actor (Harald Hårråde)
Per Kjerstad – Actor (Tjodolv Skald)
Cato Skimten Storengen – Actor (Olav)
Kim Sørensen – Actor (Toste)
Marius E. Hauge – Photo (Plakatfoto)
Festivals (2)