Women who work or have worked in theatre and film in Iceland have shared testimonials of sexual harassment, violence, and discrimination with the media.
The play Njála, a modern take on the Icelandic Njáls saga, won the most trophies at Gríman, the Icelandic Theater Awards last night. The play won ten awards out of 11 nominations, including as Best Play.
Gísli Örn Garðarsson, the Icelandic actor and director, has secured the rights to put on a stage version of The Brothers Lionheart in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, the UK, Canada and the USA.
Sirkus Íslands, Iceland’s only circus, has returned to the capital after visiting Vestmannaeyjar off South Iceland last weekend. The tent has been put up on Klambratún park in central Reykjavík, where three different shows will be staged July 9-12.
Every Icelander visited the theater more than once in 2014, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Iceland. A total of 375,000 visits to theater plays and the opera were registered last year.
What shocks some is that the group’s home page shows Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, with a Hitler mustache.
For the first time in its history, Þjóðleikhúsið, the Icelandic National Theater, presents an all-Icelandic winter season schedule: all plays premiered are in Icelandic.