Norway Travel Guide – The National Theatre, Oslo

The National Theatre – It’s not a coincidence that a work by one of the Norwegian actor Henrik Ibsen was on the schedule at the time that the National Theatre opened its doors in 1899. The first show of the theatre was a socially-critical drama, An Enemy of the People.

Since Ibsen’s plays have become an integral part of the repertoire and his dramatic plays have inspired different generations of performers.

The Baroque-styled building was constructed by Henrik Bulland is regarded as the nation’s most prominent example of the revival of brickwork during the late 19th century.

Its Baroque-inspired style has been a common feature of theater design across Europe toward the end of the 19th century.

The fire that destroyed the building caused extensive damage to the building during 1980. The subsequent repair process took five years to finish.

The tickets for the play includes the access to Norway’s most impressive art collection. In the museum are works from Erik Werenskiold, Karl Fjell, Christian Krohg, P.S. Kroyer as well as busts created by Gustav Vigeland, Per Palle Storm and many other Norwegian artists.

On the other side of the theater are two sculptures of Norway’s most well-known writer – Henrik Ibsen and Bjornstjerne Bjornson each placed on an elevated pedestal.

Featured Image by Andrew Shiva

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