The Imaginary Invalid

The Imaginary Invalid is a theatre production by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), produced in 1962 and based on the play by Molière.

Gunnar Skar directed it and Gunnar Olram interpreted the role of the hypochondriac Argan.

The production was performed at the main stage.


(Objekt ID 23061)
Object type Production
Premiere February 9, 1962
Produced by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)
Based on The Imaginary Invalid by Jean-Baptiste Molière
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Comedy, Theatre
Running period February 9, 1962  

The Imaginary Invalid became Molière's last play. It had its world premiere in 1673, and in its first production, the playwright acted the role of the hypochondriac Argan. He collapsed onstage February 17, during his fourth public performance of the role, and died in his home shortly later.


The archive of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre)

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Contributors (19)
Name Role
Jean-Baptiste Molière – Playwright
André Bjerke – Translation
Gunnar Skar – Direction
Harald Martin – Stage design
Low Kaas – Costume design
Odd Andersen – Actor (Herr Fleurant)
Bjarne Bø – Actor (Dr. Purgon)
Elisabeth Strøm Henriksen – Actor (Louison)
Thor Hjorth-Jenssen – Actor (Béralde)
Britta Lech-Hanssen – Actor (Béline)
Per Lillo-Stenberg – Actor (Herr Bonnefoi)
Gunnar Olram – Actor (Argan)
Helge Reiss – Actor (Thomas Diafoirus)
Thorleif Reiss – Actor (Dr. Diafoirus)
Kari Simonsen – Actor (Toinette)
Tor Stokke – Actor (Cléante)
Inger Teien – Actor (Angélique)
Odd Andersen – Stage manager
Kitty Strøm – Prompter
Performance dates
February 9, 1962Hovedscenen (The Main Stage) – Opening night