The Tempest (1999) was a puppetry theatre production by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), based on the play by William Shakespeare. The production was performed at the theatre's puppet theatre in Oslo City Museum in Frogner.
Barthold Halle directed it.
Per Skjølsvik played the role of Prospero.
Marianne Edvardsen played the role of Miranda.
In the playbill, the head of the theatre, Kjetil Bang-Hansen, wrote the following:
"The Tempest is likely Shakespeare's last play. His farewell to the theatre. The wizard breaks his wand, leaves the stage and withdraws, to reality.
It is a play filled with poetry, melancholy, cruelty and magic. And if there is a Shakespeare play suitable for puppetry, this must be it. On Prospero's island (Prospero is a wizard and the legitimate duke of Milan, Sceneweb's comment), air spirits and earthly spirits live side by side. Here are humans in all the puppets."
Barthold Halle wrote the following in the playbill:
"We have thought of Prospero as a kind of self-portrait, and Prospero's island is the theatre. The bard looks back at themes he has been through at an earlier time: The destructive effect of power on the one in power, the ever-new possibilities of pure love, the humour and force and dirt among common people. It is as if he says: 'I know all about this, I know my art and I am rightly famous, but in the perspective of eternity, this is strangely insignificant'.
We perform The Tempest with puppets, and it fits our reading of the play. The puppets really come into being the moment they are put in motion, used by their lord and master."
Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)'s repertoire database. Donated by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre). Imported to the Sceneweb database 11.09.2011
Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre). Playbill from the production The Tempest
|William Shakespeare||– Playwright|
|André Bjerke||– Translation|
|Barthold Halle||– Direction|
|Arne Nordheim||– Music (Fra balletten "Stormen")|
|Hans Petter Harboe||– Stage design|
|Lisbeth Narud||– Puppetry Design|
|Erling Jørgensen||– Sound design|
|Harald Haugen||– Lighting design|
|Per Skjølsvik||– Actor (Prospero, rette hertug av MIlano + som dukkespiller: Antonio, Prosperos bror)|
|Marianne Edvardsen||– Puppeteer (Miranda, Prosperos datter / Trinculo)|
|Kjersti Germeten||– Puppeteer (Ariel)|
|Stein Kiran||– Puppeteer (Sebastian, Alonsos bror / Stefano)|
|Hans Rønningen||– Puppeteer (Caliban / Gonzalo, en gammel rådsherre)|
|Knut Wiulsrød||– Puppeteer (Alonso, konge av Neapel / Ferdinand, Alonsos sønn)|
|Unni Evjen||– Voiceover (Gudinne-stemme)|
|Kjersti Germeten||– Voiceover (Gudinne-stemme)|
|Bentine Holm||– Voiceover (Gudinne stemme)|
|Lisbeth Narud||– Puppet maker|
|Eva Lie||– Stage manager|
|Trond Graff||– Technical director|
|Anne Winger||– Administration (Salgsleder)|