The Black Rider

Premiére date25 Jan. 2014
Produced byRogaland Theatre
Based onThe Black Rider by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Tom Waits, William Seward Burroughs
ExpressionsTheatre, Musical theatre
Running period25 Jan. 2014  
DurationApproximately two hours
WebsiteRogaland Teater

About The Black Rider

The Black Rider was a musical theatre production by Rogaland Theatre, produced in 2014, and based on the musical by Robert Wilson, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs. It was performed at the theatre's maiin stage.

Rolf Alme directed it.

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Other contributors

Håkon Espeland
Repetitør og musikalsk ansvarlig:
Anders Brunvær Hauge
Henrik Tangen
Peg Leg - the devil: Piotr Misztela
Bertram - skogvokteren: Roar Kjølv Jenssen
Anne - hans kone: Mette Arnstad
Kätchen - hans datter: Helga Guren
Willhelm - en kontorist: Hugo Mikal Skår
Robert - en ung jeger: Kristian Berg Jåtten
The Duke - hertugen: Anders Dale
Forestillingsfoto og grafisk design:
Stig Håvard Dirdal, dTurbine

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    Press review

    Lillian Bikset, Dagbladet, Review called Rusens logikk (literally: The logic of intoxication), January 25 2014:

    "In The Black Rider the dramaturgy follows the course of intoxication: The first act is performed as on an increasing high, without worry, without responsibility, Dionysian and wild. After the break the downturn follows. Fun is over, the nightmare has started. Now one discovers what the choices cost, but now is too late, because they have long been made, and the cost must be paid. The sombre undertone, the one unheard in the dim of ecstasy in the first part, becomes more explicit and more disturbing."

    More about The Black Rider

    At the webpage of Rogaland Theatre the following, among other things, is written about The Black Rider:

    "The Black Rider is the story about Wilhelm, a young accountant who falls in love with the daughter of the forester. But in order to marry her he must first prove himself to be an able hunter. Unfortunately, poor Wilhelm has never fired a rifle, so his chances of winning his chosen one are slim. But then he receives an offer he can't refuse - from a young man who arrives in a black sports car and calls himself The Devil. Wilhelm is given some magic bullets that always hit their target.


    The Black Rider is based on the German fairytale Der Freischütz, but William S. Burroughs has included some autobiographical elements in his version. In 1951 Burroughs killed his wife while trying to shoot a glass of water off her head, in an attempt to recreate the Wilhelm Tell myth."


    Rogaland Theatre,, 10.03.2014,

    Import from the list of openings 27/11-2013