Will and Testaments

Will and Testaments (2018) was a theatre production by The National Stage, based on the novel by Vigdis Hjorth, in a theatrical adaption by Kjersti Horn. The production was performed at the theatre's main stage. The production was revived the spring of 2020, during the Corona pandemic.

Kjersti Horn directed it. She was nominated for The Hedda Award 2019 for her work on this production and on Scenes from a Marriage, Rogaland Theatre.

Kjersti Elvik played the role of Bergljot.

Wenche Kvamme played the role of Bergljot's mother. This became her last role. She died in March 2019. The role was taken over by Sissel Ingri Tank-Nielsen at the revival. There were also other changes in the cast for the revival.

Will and Testament was also nominated for The Hedda Award 2019 in the production of the year category.


(Objekt ID 80838)
Object type Production
Premiere Navember 20, 2018
Produced by The National Stage
Based on Will and Testaments by Vigdis Hjorth
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian dialect
Expressions Drama, Theatre, Corona-production
Running period Navember 21, 2018  
Duration Approximately two hours
Website Den Nationale Scene

At the website of The National Stage the following, among other things, is written about Will and Testaments:

"When an inheritance is to be split, an intense, destructive family conflict comes to light. For years, Bergljot has stayed a safe distance away from her family. She now gathers her courage and her strength to confront her mother and her sisters. She wants to tell them what happened when she was a child, but painfully experiences that some truths will not be tolerated.

Vigdis Hjorth's award-winning novel provides interesting perspectives on how we tend to carry with us different truths about the shared history. The novel has resulted in heated debate about the divide between truth and fiction. The strong story also handles secrecy and taboos, and it describes shame, betrayal and silence in a moving, brave manner."


The National Stage, dns.no, 16.11.2017, https://www.dns.no/tekster-og-videoer/2017/arv-og-miljoe/

The National Stage, dns.no, 04.12.2017, https://www.dns.no/program/2018/arv-og-miljoe/

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.10.19, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2019

The National Library of Norway, performance program transferred to Sceneweb 21.04.2020

Performance dates
June 16, 2020Store Scene, The National Stage – New opening
February 14, 2019Hovedscena (the main stage) , Vinterlys – Show
February 13, 2019Hovedscena (the main stage) , Vinterlys – Show
Navember 20, 2018 20:00 – Store Scene, The National Stage – Worldwide premiere
Festivals (1)
Vinterlys February 13, 2019
Awards - Nominations (1)