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Vilhelm Krag

The artistic mind of Vilhelm Krag

When Bjørn Bjørnson stepped down from his position of Artistic Director, there was a broad consensus that the next Artistic Director should be a man of letters.

The playwright and director Vilhelm Krag got the job; he had a fine dramatic sensibility, which he wanted to put to use at the National Theatre. But the theatre had to consider box office issues, and the history books report that Vilhelm Krag, with his lyrical poet’s mind, lacked the strong will required of a leader. Like his predecessor, he directed many of the theatre’s productions. In a move that would be of great consequence for the theatre’s future, he recruited three new directors from the actors’ ensemble: Johanne Dybwad, Halfdan Christensen, and Gustav Thomassen.