Trøndelag Theater is an institutional theater in Trondheim. Elisabeth Egseth Hansen has been theater director since 1 January 2019.
From 1911 to 1927, the city had Trondheim's National Stage. Then followed ten years without.
In 1937, Henry Gleditsch opened a permanent theater in Trondheim, Trøndelag Theater. The opening performance The Women at Niskavuori by Hella Wuolijoki, directed by Henry Gleditsch, premiered on 14 October. The economy was tight, so various methods were used to get the operation going. To get in as much income as possible per. performance, tickets were sold for standing room.
When the war came, the theater faced hard times. Gleditsch was executed by the Nazis, and they gained control of theaters. The audience boycotted the performances, but the forced sale of tickets was introduced. On October 19, 1944, the curtain went down for the last time during the war, after the ever-decreasing audience visit.
However, operations resumed after the war. Victor Huseby became the new theater director in 1951, and he sat in the director's chair for 15 years. He was a man of the economy. All performances were to be staged in the cheapest possible way. There was seldom a night without some form of entertainment on stage. Huseby introduced a tradition in the theater. Every spring a musical or operetta was performed, which often received rave reviews in the press.
In 1966, the young and unknown Erik Pierstorff took over the chair at the theater. His hallmark was that he almost daily provided media coverage of the theater in the newspapers. The introduction of new forms of work and younger, fresh blood to the theater will always be remembered as one of Pierstorff's many ideas.
The original theater building dates from 1816.
Since 1997, the old stage has been incorporated into the new theater house inaugurated by Queen Sonja.
The theater today consists of five permanent stages,
The main stage (524 pl.)
Old Scene (320 pl.)
Studio scenes (150 pl.)
Teaterkjelleren (60 pl.)
Theatercafeen (100 pl.) All three new stages, Hovedscenen, Studioscenen and Teaterkjelleren, are built as black box scenes, but Hovedscenen usually has a peek-a-boo shape. For the staging of "An Enemy of the People" in 2010, the Main Stage was rebuilt into a black box.
Trøndelag Theater is one of the few theaters in Northern Europe that still has a slanted stage.
1937–42 Henry C. W. Gleditsch
1942 Karl Bergmann
1942–45 Johan Barclay-Nitter
1945–48 Georg Løkkeberg
1948–50 Alfred Maurstad
1950–51 Nils Reinhardt Christensen
1951–66 Victor Huseby
1966–69 Erik Pierstorff
1969–73 Arne Aas
1973–79 Kjell Stormoen
1979–84 Ola B. Johannessen
1984–89 Otto Homlung
1989–92 Helle Ottesen
1992–97 Terje Mærli
1997–2000 Ola B. Johannessen
2000–2005 Catrine Telle
2005–2010 Otto Homlung
2010–2018 Kristian Seltun
2019– Elisabeth Egseth Hansen.
The eight most visited performances from 1937 to 2006 are:
Les Miserables, premiere December 2, 2005, played until October 14, 2006, seen by 65,636.
Purple and Gold, premiere January 29, 2004, set of 49,668.
Bør Børson jr, premiere March 14, 1998, seen by 44,647.
Jesus Christ Superstar, premiere January 15, 2000, seen by 40,143.
Farmers at Sunset, premiere September 21, 2000, seen by 39,934.
Big Little Otto, premiere September 6, 1982, seen by 38,056.
West Side Story, premiered September 5, 1997, seen by 37,841.
Peer Gynt, premiered May 5, 1957, seen by 35,624.
Thoralf Berg (1987). The carpet up for -: Trøndelag theater 50 years 1987. Trondheim. ISBN 8299154618.
Trøndelag Theatre's website
Trøndelag Theatre's private archive is stored at NTNU University Library
Trøndelag Theater in Sceneweb
(no) «Trøndelag Theater». Cultural heritage search. The National Heritage Board - The Directorate for Cultural Heritage Management.
Victor Huseby's private archive can be found at NTNU University Library
The theater collection: exciting theater history - Article By Ingunn Østgaard and Inger Langø NTNU University Library