A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove (2016) was a theatre production by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in collaboration with The Norwegian Touring Theatre and Thorsson Productions, based on the novel by Fredrik Backman, in a theatrical adaptation by Marie Persson Hedenius, Johan Rheborg and Emma Bucht. The production was performed at Centralteatret, before touring Norway.

Bjarni Thorsson directed it.

Sven Nordin played the role of Ove. He was nominated for The Hedda Award 2017 in the best leading actor category for the role.


(Objekt ID 55950)
Object type Production
Premiere Navember 10, 2016
Produced by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), Thorsson Productions
Coproducers The Norwegian Touring Theatre (Riksteatret)
Based on A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre, Monologue
Running period Navember 10, 2016  

At the website of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) the following, among other things, is written about A Man Called Ove:

"Swedish Fredrik Backman's success novel A Man Called Ove was turned into a film and into theatre last year. The world premiere at the theatre Rivalen in Stockholm got excellent reviews (...).

The novel about the 58-year-old grumpy Ove has sold more than 100 000 copies in Norway, and it is a triumph the world over. The widower Ove is the ill-tempered stickler for the rules who 'reigns' the cooperative with an iron fist. He is the fear of the neighbourhood. We all know a man like him. But beneath the surface of this austere, rigorous man is another Ove. A lonely man who mourns the loss of his wife."


Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), www.oslonye.no, 06.06.16, http://oslonye.no/en-mann-ved-navn-ove/

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2017

Performance dates
April 20, 2017Oslo Nye Centralteatret – extra performance
March 19, 2017 Kulturbadet Sandnessjøen – Show
February 1, 2017Kulturhuset, Molde – Tour opening
Navember 10, 2016Oslo Nye Centralteatret – National premiere, Norway