For other uses, see Folketeatret, Copenhagen.

Main entrance
Address Youngstorget
Years active 1935–present (the actual building)
1952–1959 (the theatre Folketeatret)
Architect Christian Morgenstierne
Arne Eide

Folketeatret (People's Theatre) is a theatre in Oslo, Norway. The building has existed longer than the theatre, and been used as a movie theatre and opera house.[1] The theatre has 1,400 seats.

The theatre itself operated from 1952 to 1959, but the institution has a much longer history. Insipired by the Freie Deutsche Volksbühne in Berlin led to forming of interest organizations in Bergen and Oslo in 1928 and 1929. The idea to establish a good theater for the working class. The Folketeatret building in Oslo was commissioned in 1929, and the architects Christian Morgenstierne and Arne Eide worked on it until it opened in 1935. For financial reasons, a theatre did not open immediately, but a movie theatre was operated.[2][3]

The first theatre performance happened in 1952. Hans Jacob Nilsen was the theatre director from 1952 to 1955, then Jens Gunderssen from 1955 to 1959. In 1959 the finances were too poor to continue as an independent theatre. Folketeatret was merged with Det Nye Teater to form Oslo Nye Teater, although it continued operation in Folketeatret's building. From 1959 to 2008 the building was shared with the Norwegian National Opera.[1]

In 2014, Scenekvelder produces the first production of Billy Elliot The Musical outside the West End and Broadway stage at Folketeateret. Scenekvelder contribute actively to the theater productions at the theatre [4] the latest years.


Other sources

External links

Coordinates: 59°54′51″N 10°45′02″E / 59.91417°N 10.75056°E / 59.91417; 10.75056

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 7/10/2015. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.