Raskolnikov (2019) was a theatre production by The Norwegian Theatre and Det Vestnorske Teateret (formerly named Hordaland Theatre), based on the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The opening took place at Scene 3, The Norwegian Theatre, after which the production was transferred to Bergen.

Kjersti Horn directed it.

Preben Hodneland played the title role.

Raskolnikov received six nominations for The Hedda Award 2020, and won three of the awards. The production won the award in the production of the year category. Preben Hodneland won in the best leading actor category, and Frode Winther won in the best supporting actor category.

Emil Johnsen was also nominated in the best supporting actor category. Kjersti Horn was nominated in the best direction category. Together, Sven Haraldsson, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen and Erik Hedin were nominated in the best audiovisual design category, Haraldsson and Pettersen for the video concept, and Hedin for the sound design.

The artistic team, leading man Preben Hodneland and the rest of the ensemble were nominated for Norwegian Critics' Award for Theatre 2019/2020 for their work on Raskolnikov.


(Objekt ID 93232)
Object type Production
Premiere August 17, 2019
Produced by The Norwegian Theatre, Det Vestnorske Teateret
Based on Crime and Punishment by Fjodor Mikhajlovitsj AKA Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostojevskij AKA Dostoyevsky
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian Nynorsk
Expressions Theatre, Tragedy
Running period August 17, 2019  
Website Det Norske Teatret

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Raskolnikov:

"Sometimes we need performances that are almost too much. That the will to take a risk, artistic ambitions, playfulness, and sobriety go together in such an elevated unity, that the spectators after are unable to understand what hit them.

The winner in the production of the year category is characterised by such sensational actors' work that we are unusually entertained and emotionally involved. At the same time, the use of unusual performing venues and a compiled aesthetic constantly remind us that it is acting we see. In this range between proximity and distance, a febrile, thought-provoking work is created, treating a number of highly topical themes from the time we live in: It lets us reflect on what drives young men to justify their violent tendencies, and discusses through clever use of video what theatre is and can be.

The combination of an unusually coordinated and energetic artistic team, inspired director's choices, topical issues and courageous artistic exploration are the reasons the production of the year award goes to Raskolnikov - The Norwegian Theatre and Det Vestnorske Teateret."

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Preben Hodneland:

"When this year's winner contributes to presenting his relevant character and the text with scary topicality, it is because he lets doubt and faiths literally whip the self-deception and self-recognition until he draws blood.

Fever-heated and never resting, not even when he sleeps, he is perfect in the realisation of what seems as much a marathon as a nightmare. In the character's maniacal flight from himself and the thought of his own actions, euphoria and bottomless despair make up the extremities of the palette. Between these, the winner balances the text with intense physical activity, in a visual frame in which not a drop of sweat, not a twitch or a burst blood vessel can be hidden for the spectator. The camera lens is as claustrophobic and ruthless as the void the character stares into, masterfully interpreted by an actor who grabs hold of the challenge with great courage."

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Frode Winther:

"The characters of the nominated in the best supporting actor category are all performers within masculine, suffocating parameters. Even if comedy simmers beneath the surface, they all, each in his way, contribute very much to the mysterious fear the different performances are characterised by. The one who impressed The Hedda Jury the most in this regard shows, like the rest of the ensemble, an intense presence in which every twitch at the side of his mouth becomes significant. He may seem to flatter, but the audience soon realises that he is also fatally dangerous. As a sadistic cat's play with the mouse, he drags out the main person's suffering.

This year's winner creates an involving, comical and deeply human character, in a role calling for shivers after having witnessed it."


The Norwegian Theatre, detnorsketeatret.no, 09.08.2019,  https://www.detnorsketeatret.no/framsyningar/raskolnikov

Import from the Scenekunst.no list of openings 09.08.2019

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.07.20, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2020

The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 21.09.2020, https://www.heddaprisen.no/vinnere/2020

The National Library of Norway, playbill transferred to Sceneweb 22.09.2020

Norwegian Critics' Association, kritikerlaget.no, 21.09.2020, https://kritikerlaget.no/saker/teaterkritikerprisen-2019-2020

Performance dates
September 24, 2019Logen – Show
August 17, 2019 18:30 – Scene 3 (tidligere Prøvesalen) – Opening night