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Halfdan Christensen and blasphemy

Halfdan Christensen had turned 56 when he became Artistic Director for the second time in 1930.

He was more conservative than Skavlan, and less inclined to take a gamble on the youth, but he succeeded in uniting the ensemble.

The theatre was still in financial trouble, and there were rumours of a crisis at the theatre. Then came the controversy surrounding The Green Pastures by Marc Connelly. The Christian community, who according to the history books had neither seen nor read the play, organised protests across the country. The play was accused of blasphemy, and when the protests gained the attention of Parliament itself, the National Theatre board asked Christensen to cancel the production. He handed in his resignation one week later.