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Plays Staged in English in Old Reykjavík Theater

Tjarnarbíó, an old theater situated by the Reykjavík Pond, will stage two Icelandic comedies in English this month, Hero (Hetja) by Kári Vidarsson and Víkingur Kristjánsson and The Saga of Gudrídur (Ferdasaga Gudrídar), based on the tale of the most widely-traveled woman of Iceland’s Settlement Era.

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From Hero.

Both plays, which premiered last year, have been praised by critics. In the latter play, actress Thórunn Erna Clausen is reported to give a stellar performance in this brand-new monologue version of the play by Brynja Benediktsdóttir.

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From The Saga of Gudrídur.

The Saga of Gudrídur is the story of an amazing Viking woman, Gudrídur Thorbjarnardóttir, who sailed to the shores of North America 1000 years ago and bore a child there. It is a story of love, courage, war, survival and faith, told through traditional storytelling, comedy and music,” a press release describes.

Hero is also a one-man show based on the tale of Bárdur Snaefellsás, the first settler on Snaefellsnes peninsula, and his family of humans, trolls and vultures. It aims to use the possibilities of the theatrical form to avoid bringing the element of basic storytelling into it.

Hero will be performed in English on June 19 at and June 26 at 4 pm and The Saga of Gudrídur on June 26 at 8 pm.

For tickets go to the theater’s website or midi.is. You can also email [email protected]. Tickets cost ISK 2,500 (ISK 22, EUR 15). Larger groups can also order genuine Icelandic meat soup to enjoy before the show; contact [email protected].

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