Norwegian Production of Peer Gynt Will Have Three-Performance Run at Delacorte in October
Hungnes' Peer Gynt has been staged annually at the Peer Gynt Festival on Norway's Lake Gålå, drawing crowds of more than 15,000 each season. The festival was inaugurated in 1928 to commemorate the centennial of the birth of Ibsen, who is considered to be one of the most influential dramatists of all time as the author of A Doll's House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, and other groundbreaking works. Peer Gynt was written in 1867; unlike the majority of Ibsen's plays, it strays from the modern realism he helped develop as an art form and takes place in a fantasy world.
At the Delacorte, Peer Gynt will be performed in English. The cast includes Hungnes as Peer Gynt, Kari Simonsen, Linda Øvrebø, Mari Maurstad, Stein Grønli, Rune Reksten, Karoline Kruger, and Camilla Granlien. Musical arrangements are by Atle Halstensen and film direction is by Arne Rostad.