Phaedra

Premiére date14 Feb. 2014
Produced byThe Norwegian Theatre
Based onPhaedra AKA Phèdre by Jean Racine
AudienceAdults
Number of events17
LanguageNorwegian Nynorsk
ExpressionsTheatre, Tragedy
Running period14 Feb. 2014  
WebsiteDet Norske Teatret

About Phaedra

Phaedra (2014) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the play by Jean Racine. The production was performed at the theatre's main stage.

Sigrid Strøm Reibo directed it.

Gjertrud Jynge played the title role.

Nicolai Cleve Broch played the role of Hippolytus.

Jorunn Kjellsby played the role of Oinone. This was her last role before formally retiring from The Norwegian Theatre.

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    More about Phaedra

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

    "Strøm Reibo wishes to create a modern Phaedra. The costumes by Olav Myrtvedt are classic and modern at the same time. The music has been composed by one of Russia's best-known avant-garde musicians, Alexandr Manotskov, and the choreography is by Oleg Glusjkov, who has been under contract with the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, among others. In small musical interludes the actors, wearing masks, mime and dance a ballet discussing the myth of the Minotaur. It is a backdrop to the actions in Phaedra.

    (...)

    Phaedra is the woman who falls in love with her stepson, Hippolytus, at a time when her husband, King Theseus, is abroad, fighting a war. Jorunn Kjellsby has her last role as steadily employed at The Norwegian Theatre as Oenone. Kjellsby had her first role at 15 in 1959, but was hired in 1977 and has worked for the theatre in 37 rich years.

    Fatal consequences
    When Phaedra gets to know that Theseus is dead, she goes to Hippolytus to tell him about her feelings. At the same time the country is thrown into an unpredictable political situation, ending with the crowning of Hippolytus as interim king, until Phaedra's son grows old enough to take over. Shortly after it becomes clear that Theseus is still alive. His return launches an avalanche of fatal misunderstandings."

    SOURCES:

    Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 18.02.2015

    The Norwegian Theatre, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 11.03.2014, http://www.detnorsketeatret.no/index.php?option=com_play&view=play&playid=412

    Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 17.12.2013