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The National Theatre

Henrik Bull won the architects’ contest

The National Theatre building is designed by Henrik Bull, who won the architects’ design contest in 1891.

The edifices of the building are made of yellow machine-moulded brick and granite and remain as they were built to this day. Many of Norway’s foremost artists throughout history – painters, sculptors, draughtsmen, and designers – have created this unique building alongside outstanding craftsmen. When the theatre opened nearly 120 years ago, it held only one stage, seating 1268. Today, the same building holds four stages, counting Bakscenen (The Backstage).