The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest was a theatre production produced by The National Theatre in 2002, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.

Kjetil Bang-Hansen directed it and won The Hedda Award 2003 in the best direction category.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"The winner of the year is a smart veteran, knowing Norwegian theatre from different positions, but for the audience he may be best known as a director. In this field the career of the winner has a wide scope - from classics to contemporary drama, from the deep-drilling to the feather-light. But what always characterises the work of the winner is insight and precision, a style-sure sense for details and an unparalleled feeling for the rhythm of the performance. The winner gets the award for a firework of a production. Light and bubbly like sparkling champagne, while being elegantly and strictly controlled, making sparks fly from the lines.

Whether or not everyone has understood it now, the winner of the year is Kjetil Bang-Hansen and he gets the award for The Importance of Being Earnest at The National Theatre."

Information

(Objekt ID 32173)
Object type Production
Premiere Navember 30, 2002
Produced by The National Theatre
Based on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Comedy, Theatre
Running period Navember 30, 2002  
More

The Importance of Being Earnest by The National Theatre also got a second Hedda nomination: Anne Marit Jacobsen was nominated for The Hedda Award 2003 in the particularly excellent performance category for the role of Lady Bracknell.

Sources:

The National Theatre on The Importance of Being Earnest, www.nationaltheatret.no, 05.11.2012, http://fdb.nationaltheatret.no/S%C3%B8k/tabid/57/ctl/PlayView/mid/374/oppsetningId/51b93d97-7b2a-43a3-8808-551c628e306e/Default.aspx

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2003, www.sceneweb.no, 24.10.2012, http://www.sceneweb.no/en/awarding/23886/The_Hedda_Award_2003-2003

Contributors
Name Role
Oscar Wilde – Playwright
Erik Pierstorff – Translation
Kjetil Bang-Hansen – Direction
Olav Torbjørn Skare – Dramaturge
John Kristian Alsaker – Stage design
John Kristian Alsaker – Costume design
Marit Adeleide Andreassen – Actor (Miss Prism, guvernante)
Ulrikke Hansen Døvigen – Actor (Cecily Cardew)
Per Christian Ellefsen (from NIL to August 23, 2002) – Actor (Lane, Merriman)
Kim Haugen – Actor (John Worthing)
Anne Marit Jacobsen (from NIL to August 23, 2002) – Actor (Lady Bracknell)
Anneke von der Lippe (from NIL to August 23, 2002) – Actor (Gwendolen Fairfax)
Toralv Maurstad – Actor (Chasuble, sogneprest / Dr. Theo)
Anders Mordal (from August 23, 2002 to NIL) – Actor (Lane, Merriman)
Marian Saastad Ottesen (from August 23, 2002 to NIL) – Actor (Gwendolen Fairfax)
Mads Ousdal – Actor (Algernon Moncrieff)
Kari Simonsen (from August 23, 2002 to NIL) – Actor (Lady Bracknell)
Ruth Haraldsdottir – Mask design
Performance dates
Navember 30, 2002Hovedscenen – Opening night