Rogaland Teater has distinguished itself as one of Norway’s leading theatres.
Currently (2011), the theatre has 101 employees, including 24 actors on more-or-less permanent contracts. The theatre has a complete set of workshops to ensure that all stage sets and costumes are produced within the building, including a carpenter shop, a paint shop and a costume department.
Lighting designers, propmakers, stage managers, stage technicians and administration are other important departments.
Every year, the Rogaland Teater presents approximately 12 productions in three different venues: Hovedscenen - the main auditorium with 375 seats, Kjellerteatret - a small black box studio in the cellar and Teaterhallen - the newly refurbished old gymnasium, with a maximum of 200 seats. Our fourth venue, Intimscenen, a blackbox studio will reopen in 2013.
The Children's and Youth Theatre
Since 1957, the theatre has been proud to include the children's and youth theatre – Barne- og ungdomsteatret (BUT) - a program where children and youth perform for children and the young under professional supervision and direction.
BUT has 300 children and youths as members. These meet once a week for club work with various activities.
BUT stages one major play in the main auditorium every year which is seen by more than 30 000 excited children and adults. The youth section of BUT stages its annual production in the Teaterhallen.
The Rogaland Teater’s repertoire has since the beginning been a statutory mixture of modern and classical, national and foreign, entertainment and drama – both innovative and traditional productions.
The company has been noted for introducing many European and North American dramatists to Norway.
We were one of the first theatres to stage plays by the Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse. Two of his works that we commissioned and staged for the first time, Nightsongs and Winter, are among those plays by Fosse that have subsequently been most often produced abroad.
On the classical side we staged Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby – a marathon seven-hour performance – with great success in 2004.
Other highly acclaimed productions have been O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten (2004) - from which actress Nina Ellen Ødegård’s part as Josie won her the Hedda; the Norwegian national theatre award, Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (2005), the musical Skyfri himmel (2006) - based on the singer-songwriter Bjørn Eidsvåg’s music and lyrics, and a new drama Gift (2007) based on local writer Alexander L Kielland’s novel.
Among plays created especially for Rogaland Teater is the new family musical The thousandth heart (Det tusende hjertet) by local writer Tore Renberg and musician Janove Ottesen. The play was commissioned for the children and youth’s theatre’s 50th anniversary and opened for the first time on the 23 November 2007.
We are also proud of the many internationally recognised theatre directors, whom we have worked with through the years.
The entire staff at the Rogaland Teater was awarded a Hedda prize in 2005 for the theatre’s joint professional efforts. This was the first time this award was given to a theatre’s entire personnel, and not to an individual or a production.
Theatre for a large audience
In 2007 Rogaland Teater celebrated its 60th anniversary. A record-breaking 14 in-house productions ranging from classics to new drama marked the anniversary, productions aimed at audiences of all ages, from three years.
In recent years, our productions have received unanimous acclaim and at the same time attracted large audiences, bringing the company nearer to fulfilling its required function as both entertainer and theatre pioneer. The standing visitor record was reached in 2011 with 163 830 visitors.
The multiartist Arne Nøst is currently the Artistic Director from 1. January 2009.