Twenty Thousand Pages

Twenty Thousand Pages is a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, produced in 2014 and based on a play by Lukas Bärfuss.

Peer Perez Øian directed it.

Ragnar Hovland was nominated for The Hedda Award 2014 in the best stage text category for his translation of Twenty Thousand Pages, and his translation of Friedrich Schiller's The Robbers.


(Objekt ID 37533)
Object type Production
Premiere January 10, 2014
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Twenty Thousand Pages by Lukas Bärfuss
Audience Adults
Audience size 6382
Number of events 23
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Theatre, Drama
Running period January 10, 2014  

At the webpage of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Twenty Thousand Pages:

"Peer Perez Øian has brought in stage designer Etienne Pluss (The Good Person of Szechwan) and is ready for his first production on the main stage. Twenty Thousand Pages is written by one of the leading playwright names in Europe, Lukas Bärfuss.

Historical material
In short it is about Tony, a young man who comes across a container, seeing an old sound player he wants to pick up. A box of books meant for the container hits him in the head. In a miraculous manner all these pages, twenty thousand of them, are stored within his brain. The texts stored make a historical investigation report about Switzerland's role during World War II, and the report contains information many people do not want shared with the world. It shows how Switzerland treated refugees from Nazi Germany, and how the banks got hand of war profit and Jewish fortunes.

Satire with sombre undertones
Now Tony walks around like a living witness, but nobody wants to listen to him. This knowledge makes him end up in strange, comic situations. It is funny, challenging and revealing. Because the texts Tony is quoting, are from an actual report. Like the report in the play that, too, was silenced into oblivion."


Import from the list of openings, from 13/11-2013

The Norwegian Theatre,, 08.01.2014,

The Hedda Award,, 19.05.2014,

Performance dates
January 10, 2014 20:00 – Hovudscenen, The Norwegian Theatre National premiere, Norway