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22 May - 5 June 2024

Opening performance

Peer Gynt

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​Experience Herbert Nordrum as Peer in Ibsen's magnificent drama with Grieg’s extraordinary music.

Most of us know Peer Gynt. The guy who drinks, lies and charms the ladies but runs when things get complicated. The guy who battles his inner demons and outer tribulations and finds success abroad – but who eventually returns to the woman who is waiting for him, to his Solveig.

In this production of Henrik Ibsen's classic play, Norwegian director Johannes Holmen Dahl explores the very core of Peer Gynt. Ibsen's play is performed with Edvard Grieg's magnificent original music, just as it was for the play's world premiere in 1876 – but rarely in modern times.

What can the contrast and tension between Ibsen's political and satirical play and Grieg's Norwegian national romantic music tell us today?

Johannes Holmen Dahl is one of Norway's leading theatre directors, who, together with scenographer and costume designer Nia Damerell, has staged a number of critically acclaimed plays, including Hamlet (2021) and Tid for glede (2022).

As they take on Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt, they are joined by actor Herbert Nordrum in the lead role. Among his many notable roles, Nordrum is known for the Oscar-nominated film The Worst Person in the World and the critically acclaimed Hamlet at Nationaltheatret in Oslo.

Together with a strong ensemble, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and a large choir, a powerful experience awaits where the essence of Ibsen's writing is highlighted, and the music is allowed to shine.

The performance is a co-production between the Bergen International Festival and Nationaltheatret – a theatre rooted in Ibsen's own theatre. The music is performed by Grieg's orchestra – the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Søndergård.

After its premiere at the 2024 Bergen International Festival, the production will be staged at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet and Nationaltheatret.

Photo: Erika Hebbert/Nationaltheatret

Information

In 2024, it is 150 years since Ibsen wrote a letter to Grieg asking him to compose music for Peer Gynt. Read more about Grieg's Gynt in this article.

The Bergen International Festival, the University of Bergen, and Studentersamfunnet i Bergen are collaborating on several debates in connection with the Festival production of Peer Gynt

Read about the talk Peer Gynt – Sexuality, nationalism and identity taking place Wednesday 13 March.  

Read about the Peer Gynt afterparty taking place Friday 24 May.


  • Dramatised concert

Venue

  • Grieghallen
    Accessible with wheelchair Designed for hearing impaired The venue has serving

Duration

3 h incl. interval

Tickets

Standard: 260/730/900
Under 30/student: 200
Senior: 234/657/810
FiB Fordel: 182/511/630
BT Fordel: 195/547/675

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Language

​Performed in Norwegian, titled in English.

Contributors

    • Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
    • Johannes Holmen Dahl, Hege Randi Tørressen adaption
    • Johannes Holmen Dahl direction
    • Edvard Grieg music
    • Nia Damerell scenography, costume design
    • Martin Myrvold lighting design
    • Eva Sharp make-up
    • Hege Randi Tørressen dramaturgy
    • Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Thomas Søndergaard conductor
    • Ragnhild Hemsing hardanger fiddle
    • Edvard Grieg Vocal Ensemble
    • Bergen Philharmonic Choir
    • Edvard Grieg Girls Choir
    • Edvard Grieg Boys Choir
    • Herbert Nordrum Peer Gynt
    • Ågot Sendstad Mother Åse
    • Frøy Hovland Holtbakk Solveig
    • Kåre Conradi, Henriette Marø, Jacob Jensen, Jan Gunnar Røise, Håkon Ramstad cast

A co-production with

​Bergen International Festival and Nationaltheatret

Music by

    • ​Grieg
    • Edvard Grieg (1843–1907)
      From Peer Gynt, op. 23

Supported by

​H. Westfal-Larsen og hustru Anna Westfal-Larsens Almennyttige fond

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