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The Tempest

The Tempest (2016) was a theatre production by The National Theatre/The Torshov Theatre, based on the play by William Shakespeare, in a version for children and youth by Morten Cranner and Hege Randi Tørressen. The production was staged at The Torshov Theatre.

Morten Cranner directed it.

Jan Sælid acted in the role of Prospero and Kjersti Botn Sandal Miranda.


(Objekt ID 51502)
Object type Production
Premiere January 15, 2016
Produced by The National Theatre, The Torshov Theatre
Based on The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Audience Youth, Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Performance for youth, Theatre, Drama
Running period January 15, 2016  
Website Nationaltheatret

At the website of The National Theatre the following, among other things, is written about The Tempest:

"On a desert island young Miranda lives with her father, Prospero, the duke of Milan, who was dethroned by his own brother. Prospero uses his magical abilities to start a storm when he finds that his brother Antonio sails past with Alonso, the king of Naples, and his son Ferdinand, who maroon at the island. Thus the stage is set for a confrontation between old rivals and a blossoming love story between the young ones.

Miranda knows everything about the nature after having lived at the island since the age of three, whereas Ferdinand in this production is a knowledgeable environmentalist. In the original text they fall in love in each other's beauty - in Morten Cranner's version the involvement they have in common is what lights the fire. An involvement and a fire leading to rebellion against the parents, and a confrontation with the older generation's climate-destroying line of thinking. Director Cranner has recruited Norwegian Meteorological Institute, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, to the team, to contribute climate facts to the performance.

Shakespeare's classic play The Tempest gets a twist in The National Theatre's new production. Love and environmentalism will be filtered through the perspectives of our day. In addition, the play is set in a technologically exciting stage design, and the action is filled with a magical backdrop of sound. These create the enchanted ambience of the island, where spirits talk to people and Prospero performs his magic."


The National Theatre, www.nationaltheatret.no, http://www.nationaltheatret.no/no/program/arkiv/2016/Stormen.b7C_wRHM0_.ips

Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 20.11.2015

Performance dates
January 15, 2016 18:00 – Torshovteatret - Hovedsalen Opening night
Press coverage

Lillian Bikset: Miljø med mer (literally: Environment et al), Dagbladet January 15 2016:

"The production doesn't find the time to go in depth in anything, but it still works as a nice introduction to Shakespeare's play as well as to climate science. The risk was obvious: An environmentally angled modernisation of a classic devoted to a double celebration of the anniversaries of Norwegian Meteorological Institute and Shakespeare could easily have become dogmatic 'let's talk about it' theatre with a somewhat too clear purpose and aim. Sufficient amounts of Shakespeare's poetry are maintained for that not to happen. Tørressen and Cranner's contemporary dialogue is sufficiently alive to make the characters - in particular the researchers in spe Miranda (Sandal) and Ferdinand (Arnø), plus the climate sceptic, the king of Milan (SIC*, Nordrum) - contemporary characters. The stage design is also anchored in our day. Carle Lange has created a ship's bridge used at land and at water and in the air as well, surrounded by driftwood and other garbage from the ocean. Musically the theremin, with its electric sounds, managed without touch, becomes a replacement for Prospero's wand, and a symbolic presentation of his and the earth's rage. Jan Sælid takes the role down to earth in dream and anger."

*Naples, actually.