Karsten and Petra

Alle vil ha en bestevenn* (Everyone wants a best friend)

Karsten and Petra, with the subtitleAlle vil ha en bestevenn* (Everyone wants a best friend) is a theatre production for children by The Torshov Theatre/The National Theatre. It is based on the books by Tor Åge Bringsværd, in a theatrical adaptation by Mari Vatne Kjeldstadli. The production is performed at The Torshov Theatre.

Mari Vatne Kjeldstadli directs it.

The roles of Karsten and Petra are interpreted by Bernhard Arnø and Ellen Andreassen.

*Not yet translated into the English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.


(Objekt ID 53150)
Object type Production
Premiere April 15, 2016
Produced by The National Theatre, The Torshov Theatre
Based on Karsten og Petra by Tor Åge Bringsværd
Audience Children
Language Norwegian
Keywords Performance for children, Theatre
Running period April 15, 2016  
Website Nationaltheatret

At the website of The National Theatre the following, among other things, is written aboutKarsten and Petra:

"Karsten and Petra attend the same kindergarten and are best friends. One day she visits him in his father's shop for used things. They search for costumes for next day's carnival. That's when they get to hear something Karsten wasn't meant to hear: Daddy and Karsten's big sister Siri discuss that they might move. Karsten doesn't want that. Can he tell his parents that he doesn't want to move? Will they actually listen to him?

At the same time Karsten's stuffed animal, a lion baby, tries to become best friend's with Petra's stuffed animal, a female rabbit. She says she doesn't need a best friend, but when the shop turns into a magical world, she goes on an adventure with him anyway. She discovers that it can be nice to have a friend to help when one needs it.

Karsten and Petra are known and loved by most small children. This is the first time we've got the opportunity to experience them in a theatre. The production is based on the books by Tor Åge Bringsværd, but tells a brand new story about the two friends. The audience is invited into daddy's shop when the whole auditorium is filled with clothes and things and old toys. The children get to meet the stuffed animals up close, and they may show some secret tricks."


The National Theatre, www.nationaltheatret.no, 31.05.2016, http://www.nationaltheatret.no/Karsten+og+Petra+%E2%80%93+alle+vil+ha+en+bestevenn.b7C_wRHM1a.ips

Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings, 15.02.2016

Performance dates
April 15, 2016 18:00 – Torshovteatret - Hovedsalen Worldwide premiere
Press coverage

Lillian Bikset, Kjent og kjært-effekten sprer kos på Torshovteatret (literally: The effect of the well-known, well-loved spreads cosiness at The Torshov Theatre), Dagbladet April 15 2016:

"The past 24 years, Tor Åge Bringsværd has written more than 40 books about Karsten and Petra. Karsten and Petra finds episodes in several of them. The production is a safe choice for the theatre as well as for those parents who know that their children like the books, the TV series and the films. It probably fits the children at about the same age as Karsten and Petra, that is, approximately four years, the best. (...) The theatre production is rather loose in its form, and the action switches between two main stories. They are both about the importance of good friends."