Desire under the Elms

Desire under the Elms (2018) is a theatre production by The National Theatre, based on the play by Eugene O'Neill. The production was performed in the theatre's venue Amfiscenen (The Amphi Stage).

Victoria Meirik directs it.

Øystein Røger plays the role of Ephraim Cabot.

Mariann Saastad Ottesen plays the role of Abbie.

Ravdeep Singh Bajwa plays the role of Eben. The original plan was for Emil Johnsen to play the role, and the switch was the reason the opening was postponed to May 8.

Desire under the Elms was performed during the festival Heddadagene 2018.


(Objekt ID 80094)
Object type Production
Premiere May 8, 2018
Produced by The National Theatre
Based on Desire under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Expressions Theatre, Drama
Running period May 8, 2018  
Duration 100 minutes

In a press release from The National Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Desire Under The Elms:

"Eugene O'Neill's intense family tragedy Desire Under The Elms from 1924 is a dripping hot, intense and terrible drama about greed, hatred and love. Directed by Victoria Meirik, this will be a claustrophobic family confrontation. At Amfiscenen (The Amphi Stage), the audience is gathered together with the actors in a room they can't break out of, in the small, intense world of the characters, where the clammy hand of greed strangles everyone who tries to break loose."

At the website of The National Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Desire Under The Elms:

"When the aging widower Ephraim returns to his farm with his third wife, Abbie, his three adult sons understand that they will never inherit the farm. The two eldest leave for California in hope of fortune, whereas the youngest son, Eben, stays at home. He thinks he is the one most entitled to the inheritance, that the farm really belongs to his late mother. He hates his father's young wife. To begin with.

Eventually, a burning desire develops between Eben and Abbie, and when Abbie gives birth to a son, Ephraim is the only one not to understand who the father is. He wants to leave the farm to this new boy. When Eben finds out that this was Abbie's plan from the beginning, his dream of the farm and his devotion to her both break. She must prove her love for Eben in the worst imaginable way."


The National Theatre,, 09.05.2018,

Press release from The National Theatre, 09.11.2017,

The National Theatre,, 21.11.2017,

Heddadagene,, 16.07.2018,

Performance dates
June 9, 2018Amfiscenen , Heddadagene – Show
June 8, 2018Amfiscenen , Heddadagene – Show
May 8, 2018Amfiscenen – Opening night
Heddadagene June 8, 2018