The Peer Gynt open air play, by Henrik Ibsen Gålå Reviews
Amazing, unforgettable.. Peer Gynt at Gålå. Nov 12, 2009
Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama" and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era.
Peer Gynt is Norway's national epic, and has its natural place in world literature. Henrik Ibsen’s story about Peer, the impoverished young man, show-off and adventurer has inspired audiences and tugged at their heartstrings the world over.
With the Gudbrandsdal scenery as a background, and with Edvard Grieg’s music, the outdoor performance of Peer Gynt at Lake Gålå is the nearest you will get to Henrik Ibsen’s “original” Peer Gynt. The performance is one of Norway's most sought after plays.
I've never actually seen this play myself!
This is a play with both professional actors and amateurs. Peer Gynt is a character based on a real person who Ibsen said lived in Gudbransdalen, that's where I live. I've been taking part in this play for 7 years in a row now, making it a summer tradition for me, and I'm very grateful for being allowed to take part in it!
The play is in norwegian, but the book is translated into many different languages, and if you've read Peer Gynt I don't think you will find it difficult to follow the action in the play.
Even if you haven't read it, just beeing there and enjoying the scenery and the music will be an amazing experience! So if you have the time I absolutely recommend it!
But be sure to plan ahead, because the tickets are usually sold out, so you shouldn't rely on buying tickets the day of the play. 18000 people see this play every year.
The dates are usually the same every year: 28, 29, 30 and 31 July, 4, 5, 6, and 7 August.
Price in norwegian kroner:
540,- (adult) / 220,- (child)
There are many nearby places to stay as Gålå is quite a popular destination. On their homepage http://www.peergynt.no/ you can find a lot of information about this and also directions. I think most hotels and such in the area arranges for buses to go to and from the show.
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