The People of Hellemyr

The People of Hellemyr (2014) was a musical theatre production by The National Stage, based on the novel by Amalie Skram, in a version by Gunnar Staalesen and Johan Osuldsen (text) and Julian Berntzen (music). The production was performed at the theatre's main stage.

Johan Osuldsen directed it.


(Objekt ID 62178)
Object type Production
Premiere September 13, 2014
Produced by The National Stage
Based on The People of Hellemyr by Amalie Skram
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Musical, Theatre
Running period September 13, 2014  
Duration 180 minutes

At the webpage of The National Stage the following, among other things, is written about The People of Hellemyr:

"The People of Hellemyr has a central place in Norwegian literary history. And from its own experience DNS, too, knows that the narrative about the Myre family and the inheritance from Hellemyren is suitable for theatre. People came in drones for the marathon performance DNS staged in 1992. Now, however, there will be something brand new to it, as Julian Berntzen and Gunnar Staalesen create a three hour long musical from the familiar material. With them they bring one of Norway's most acknowledged musical theatre directors. Johan Osuldsen has, among other things, had great success with Mamma Mia!, Showgirls and We Will Rock You in Oslo, and with Company here at DNS.

The story, starting with Sjur Gabriel and Oline at Hellemyren, stretches several generations in time and carries with it timeless thoughts of inherited sin, family conflicts, faith and doubt, and despair as a consequence of poverty.

 - Even though Skram's story is dramatic and bordering hopelessness, the life-confirming penetrates it, the director says, praising the pop and theatre composer Julian Berntzen and the crime fiction writer and playwright Gunnar Staalesen for their more than three years of work on the musical from Bergen."


Import from the list of openings

The National Stage,, 06.08.2014,!

The National Stage's repertoire database, donated by The National Stage, 24.06.2016

Performance dates
Navember 5, 2015Store Scene, The National Stage New opening
September 13, 2014Store Scene, The National Stage Opening night
Awards - Nominations (1)