At Parkteatret (the old cinema at Grünerlkka) you will find an exciting theater company that has performed a number of interesting plays. Nordic Black Theater is a drama school specifically aimed at young people with origins in Third World countries. It readily experiments with alternative methods and forms of expression. This is a good place to visit if you are looking for a different and unusual theatrical experience.
Inspired by the Norwegian wilderness, the Oslo Opera House is a marvel of modern architecture and the home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The glass facade of the playhouse is embraced by a marble roof that swoops down to its base in a graceful arch, inviting the audience to take a walk on the roof and drink in sweeping views of the waterfront. Inside, the spacious hall is a tapestry of textures and patterns designed by local artists; a visual and tactile experience that mimics the country's natural wonders. The concert hall itself is illuminated by a moon-like chandelier of hand-cast glass bars, beneath which sprawls a horseshoe chamber replete in wood. On stage, the Oslo Opera House hosts a diverse program of the performing arts, showcasing classical performances alongside contemporary renditions by some of the world's best-known artists. A cultural and artistic pearl, the Oslo Opera House is a contemporary wonder that was built to be touched by the masses.
Norsk Folkemuseum, the open-air museum that has been giving visitors a peek into a life-sized past for over a century, contains more than 150 authentic buildings from different regions. The buildings date from as far back as medieval times, including the 13th-century Gol Stave Church. The permanent exhibition features sections on handicrafts, traditional clothing and the culture of the Sami people. A souvenir shop, cafe and restaurant are located on the grounds.
Fritjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup all sailed this 100-year-old ship (called the Fram) on their daring Arctic expeditions. Covered by a uniquely-shaped building on the Bygdy peninsula, the ship lends weight to the museum's focus on Norway's crucial role in the history of Arctic exploration. Visitors can now visit the ship's interior and see all its original contents and, best of all, can be sure to leave the ship with great knowledge about marine exploration.
Det Norske Teatret is the only theater in Oslo where all the plays are presented in Nynorsk (contemporary Norwegian), the country's second written language. During the last few years it has been the most popular theater in Norway. The large, modern theater building also hosts exhibitions, Saturday matinees, and "Poems at Lunchtime" (daily in the Bistro). The theater has three stages and is equipped with an IR system for those in need of a hearing aid.
The National Theater, steeped in tradition, is located by Karl Johans Gate and is something of a national symbol. The theater hosts mainly - but not exclusively - Norwegian plays and a mix of classics and more modern works. The National Theater celebrated its hundredth anniversary in 1999. On site you will also find a café, as well as equipment for those with hearing difficulties. Guided tours can be arranged.
Oslo Nye has three theatres spread across the city of Oslo. The Oslo Nye Hovedscenen is the main theatre, featuring modern architecture and great acoustics to give visitors a memorable experience. Constantly buzzing with new performances and pieces, it's a good idea to check what's on at the theatre. The theatre hosts major performances and theatre pieces, of both national and international importance from classic to contemporary. For details on what's currently on, visit the website.
You can rest assured that you will get nothing less than complete entertainment at Dizzie Showteater, where there are always some great performances to enjoy. The shows usually feature Norwegian performers, so you get a taste of the local cultural scene. The shows are mostly comedies, and there are also some musical performances to enthrall you. Humla is the theater's resident eatery, and the menu features some Norwegian specialties.
At the Ballroom in Oslo, any event is a grand event. No matter if it is a small conference or a meeting, or even a private party, because if it is organized at the Ballroom, it is guaranteed to be a grand affair. Located in a building that was formerly one of Norway's banks, the Ballroom still preserves the original architecture, with ornate columns, velvet curtains and a glass ceiling that acts as a protector during bad weather. The Ballroom can accommodate a large number of people, depending on the event. You can choose Ballroom as the venue for concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, and even product releases. Please see the website for further information.
An erstwhile bank building, Sentralen today serves as Oslo's epicenter for cultural and artistic activities. This is a historic structure that dates back to 1901, effortlessly imbibing contemporary nuances within its old-world charm. Its individual event spaces include The Marble Hall, the Vault, the Gymnasium, three productions rooms, a conservatory and three additional meeting rooms. Sentralen is also home to the famous Sentralen Restaurant.