Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore (2018) is a planned theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, in a theatrical adaption by Frank Galati. The production will be performed in the theatre's venue Scene 2.

Carl Jørgen Kiønig directs it.

Morten Svartveit plays the role of Kafka.

Lasse Kolsrud plays the role of Nakata.


(Objekt ID 79839)
Object type Production
Premiere February 16, 2018
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre
Based on Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Expressions Theatre
Running period February 16, 2018  
Website Det Norske Teatret

Requirements to venue

Blackout No

At the website of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Kafka on the Shore:

"In Kafka on the Shore we follow two loosely connected stories. Kafka Tamura, a 15-year old boy who has taken the name of his favourite writer, is told that he will one day kill his own father and sleep with his lost mother and sister. To get away from his father and this Oedipal prophecy, he runs away from his home in Tokyo and ends up in the small town Takamatsu, settling in a library managed by the mysterious miss Saeki and the more hospitable, transsexual Oshima. Is his journey predestined, will he get away from his past, or will the family prediction catch up with him?


In the other story, we meet the old man Satoru Nakata, who can talk to cats. Because of this, he gets in touch with two mysterious crooks: The cat killer Johnnie Walker and Colonel Sanders, who is a pimp dressed in white, and with access to a parallel world. The mysterious motifs are recognisable, but is it the sister and the mother he meets?"


The Norwegian Theatre, 02.11.2017, detnorsketeatret.no, https://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/kafka-pa-stranda/

Name Role
Haruki Murakami – Playwright
Frank Galati – Dramatised by
Carl Jørgen Kiønig – Translation
Carl Jørgen Kiønig – Direction
Åsmund Feidje – Composition
Ola E. Bø – Dramaturge
Milja Salovaara – Stage design
Milja Salovaara – Costume design
Morten Reinan – Lighting design
Øyvin Berven – Actor (Major Warren m.fl.)
Agnes Kittelsen – Actor (Sakura m.fl.)
Lasse Kolsrud – Actor (Nakata)
Marianne Krogh – Actor ( Fru Soga m.fl.)
Geir Kvarme – Actor (Jonnie Walker m.fl.)
Joachim Rafaelsen – Actor (Oshima m.fl.)
Audun Sandem – Actor (Kråka m.fl.)
Gard Skagestad – Actor (Hoshino m.fl.)
Morten Svartveit – Actor (Kafka)
Ane Dahl Torp – Actor (Frøken Saeki m.fl.)
Other participants
Performance dates
February 16, 2018 19:30 – Scene 2 – National premiere, Norway
Press coverage