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The three robbers of Cardamom Town, Kasper, Jesper and Jonatan.
Photo: The three robbers of Cardamom Town will be gracing the National Theatre’s stage again this April.

Street by National Theatre to be Named For Norwegian Playwright

The City of Reykjavík’s Environment and Planning Committee has accepted National Theatre Director Ari Matthíasson’s proposal that the street by the theatre, between Hverfisgta and Lindargata, be called Egnerssund (Egner’s alley) in honour of Norwegian children’s author and playwright Thorbjørn Egner.

The theatre director’s letter to the city’s naming committee states that the first staging of Egner’s plays in Iceland was When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town in 1959-60. Two years later, the National Theatre staged the world premiere of The Animals of Hakkebakke Forest.

According to Ari, Egner was so pleased with the National Theatre’s shows that he gave them the staging rights to his work for a hundred years, on the condition that copyright payments be donated to a fund dedicated to the dramatic arts. “No playwright has been as generous to the National Theatre as Thorbjørn Egner and no playwright has brought more children into the theatre as he has,” writes Ari.

Ari also mentions that the National Theatre’s biggest show in the coming season will be the Cardamom Town, set to premiere on the theatre’s 70th anniversary. “It would be an honour if the alley between the National Theatre and the Culture House to bear the name of Egner, a great benefactor of Icelandic theatre.”

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