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Experience Ibsen, Grieg and Munch in one evening

The three grand masters of Norwegian art, Ibsen, Grieg and Munch can be experienced at the outdoor theatre play "Peer Gynt" at Gålå.

Peer Gynt at Gålå

Every year since 1989 people from all over the world have gathered at Gålå to experience this outdoor theatre play, seated in the middle of Peer Gynt's birthplace. This is where Ibsen found inspiration for the drama; in the mountains of the Gudbrandsdalen valley, surrounded by majestic nature. The play is universal, performed by some of the best of Norwegian artists in theatre and music. The nature surrounding the venue plays a vital role in this theatre performance.

Peer Gynt: Norwegian by birth – world citizen by nature

Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece “Peer Gynt” has been an inspiration to artists all over the world. The Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote the music to the play. The Norwegian master of fine art Edvard Munch was inspired by it, and claimed he identified with the character Peer Gynt.

The drama itself is regarded by many as a national epos of Norway, although the theme is universal. At lake Gålåvatnet the play is accompanied by the music of Edvard Grieg. If you know Edvard Munch's art, you might recognize glimpses from his paintings in the scenes by the shores of lake Gålåvatnet.

For an international audience

The theatre performance of "Peer Gynt" at Gålå is well suited for an international audience through english and german introductions, summary booklets and audio guides.

One hour before the theatre play, guests can attend a free introduction in English or German. You can also purchase or download the summary booklet, and follow the drama through text and pictures from every scene. You can also rent an audio guide, which automatically plays a short summary before every scene, so that you can follow the story without taking your eyes off the stage.

Getting to the festival

Gålå is situated in the mountains of the Gudbrandsdalen valley region, approximately three hours' drive north of Oslo Airport. Find out how to get to the Peer Gynt Festival.

Grieg and the Peer Gynt suite

Many know "Peer Gynt" through Edvard Grieg’s music, but what did Grieg feel about the suite he wrote?

Munch and Peer Gynt

Munch was the painter of moments, the same sort of moments that theatre creates for its audience.
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About the Peer Gynt Festival

Learn more about the festival events, and plan your trip to one of Norway’s largest cultural festivals.
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More about Peer Gynt

Find out more about Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" and the historical Per Gynt that lived in the 17th century.
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Travel with Peer Gynt

Find your way to the Peer Gynt Festival events, and find trips to combine your festival experience with.
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Contact

Get all the information you need to contact the Peer Gynt Festival office all year around.
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