Hamlet

Premiére date10 Oct. 2014
Produced byThe Norwegian Theatre
Based onHamlet AKA The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
AudienceAdults
LanguageNorwegian Nynorsk
ExpressionsTheatre, Tragedy
Running period10 Oct. 2014  
WebsiteDet Norske Teatret

About Hamlet

Hamlet is a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, produced in 2014 and based on the play by William Shakespeare. The production was performed in the theatre's venue Scene 2.

Peer Perez Øian directed it.

Marie Blokhus interpreted the title role.

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More about Hamlet

At the webpage of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Hamlet (2014):

"What is it with Hamlet?
Why are we in generation after generation so fascinated with this play? Perhaps because Hamlet embraces so many fundamental and existential themes? It is about politics, about power and morals, theory and practice. Here are love drama, generational conflicts, betrayal and solidarity.

The prince who refuses to play a prince
Another eye-catching theme in the play is the conflict between reality and roles, what is real and what only seems to be. Here this is underlined by, among other things, that Marie Blokhus has the role of Hamlet and that her husband, Frank Kjosås, play both Ophelia - Hamlet's unhappy love - and the philosophy student Horatio - his best friend. But in common all the characters have that they are drawn between the roles they are given and their understanding of it. They are alienated in their own lives and put on different masks to hide it.

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark"
The story is one of the best known in the world. Denmark's crown prince, Hamlet, returns from studies at the high castle of humanism, the university of Wittenberg, to the darkest human backwater at the court of Helsingør. His father is dead, killed by his own brother. He has married his brother's widow, Hamlet's mother, and has robbed the throne. What good can insight and knowledge do in such a world? The humans are not real, they act, life and reality are fakes. At the same time Hamlet claims that in art the truth, the real and the authentic lie. He trusts that the actors will reveal the betrayal: "I have heard that guilty creatures sitting at a play have by the very cunning of the scene been struck so to the soul that presently they have proclaimed their malefactions".

A strong team The young and promising director Peer Perez Øian had success earlier this year with the Swiss contemporary play Twenty Thousand Pages on the main stage. When he this autumn attacks this robust classic, it is with a strong ensemble in a stage room created by the exciting German stage designer Hendrik Scheel. The pop artist Lucy Swann has composed the music. Perez Øian will be connected to The Norwegian Theatre the next four years, so why not start with one of the main works of world literature?"

SOURCES:

The Norwegian Theatre, detnorsketeatret.no, 11.08.2014, http://www.detnorsketeatret.no/index.php?option=com_play&view=play&playid=430

Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 11.08.2014

Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 08.02.2015