Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet (2016) is a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the play by William Shakespeare. The production was performed in the theatre's venue Scene 2.

Maren E. Bjørseth directed it. She was nominated for The Hedda Award 2016 in the best direction category for Romeo and Juliet.

The title roles were played by Axel Gherken Bøyum and Kjersti Dalseide.


(Objekt ID 52318)
Object type Production
Premiere March 5, 2016
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Audience Adults, Youth
Audience size 12099
Number of events 72
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Keywords Tragedy, Theatre
Running period March 5, 2016  
Website Det Norske Teatret

At the website of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Romeo and Juliet:

"Love conquers all. Even death.

In the fair city of Verona, the families of Capulet and Montague have been warring for as long as anyone can remember. Nobody longer knows why. In the midst of the violence and bloodshed two young persons find each other: Romeo of the house of Montague and Juliet of the house of Capulet. Falling in love becomes their salvation - a refuge from the hard, incomprehensible reality. But a tragic misunderstanding has fatal consequences, and love is turned into unhappiness. Destiny has chosen the young lovers to reconcile the families."

The theatre recommended a lower age limit of 13 years.


The Norwegian Theatre on Romeo and Juliet, 20.04.2016,

Import from the list of openings 05.01.2016

Performance dates
March 5, 2016 17:30 – Scene 2, Det Norske Teatret, The Norwegian Theatre Opening night
Press coverage

Lillian Bikset, I strategi og lidenskap, humor og sorg, finner Romeo og Julie balansen (literally: In strategy and passion, humour and mourning, Romeo and Juliet finds its balance), Dagbladet 5. mars 2016:

"Blood beats and blood burns in aggression and in love. Maren E. Bjørseth's direction of Romeo and Juliet manoeuvres confidently between passions, and between comedy and tragedy. (…) This is one of the productions of Romeo and Juliet in which the names should have been mentioned in the opposite chronology. She is the mover, he is the follower.Kjersti Dalseide and Axel Gherken Bøyum both act with a mix of naive sincerity and ideological consciousness. Juliet and Romeo share their sexual awakening, that, too, expressed more markedly in her, but the bond between them isn't singularly due to the hormones that is given release for the first time. The two recognise something in one another, something they do not see in any of the others surrounding them:They have in common a scepticism against their friends' and the adults' cynicism and immovable ideas, a well-considered urge for rebellion against a conflict they both see unnecessary. That he is a Montague and she is a Capulet is more of a motivation than a hindrance."