King Lear

King Lear was a theatre production by The National Theatre, produced in 1989 and based on the play by William Shakespeare. The production was staged at the theatre's main stage.

Stein Winge directed it, and Espen Skjønberg played the role of King Lear.


(Objekt ID 31834)
Object type Production
Premiere February 24, 1989
Produced by The National Theatre
Based on King Lear by William Shakespeare
Audience Adults
Number of events 28
Language Norwegian
Keywords Tragedy, Theatre
Running period February 24, 1989  


The National Theatre,, 15.10.2012,

Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 21.10.2014.

Elsa Kvamme's private archive, donated by Elsa Kvamme. 03.11.2008

Performance dates
February 24, 1989Hovedscenen, Nationaltheatret, The National Theatre Opening night
Press coverage

Sverre Mørkhagen, Winge, Lear og tomme tønner (literally: Winge, Lear and empty barrels) (debate), 15.03.1989, Dagbladet [Oslo]:
"To me it seemed provincial, most of all. [...] Very little is left of Shakespeare's lyrical flexibility, nor of Svein Selvig's new translation, for that sake - instead we get a lot of Winge's own overly obvious direction ideas. [...] To me it is thought-provoking, no, depressing, that we are talking about the director-to-come and the saviour of our most important theatre."