The government gives the cultural industry the opportunity to gather the public without a meter distance. In the Folketeateret in Oslo, the halls are fully booked from Thursday evening.
– I am so happy and grateful, it feels like we are going to premiere again, says a euphoric Ulrikke Brandstorp.
In the Folketeateret, actors and organizers have gathered to follow the government’s press conference. When it became clear that the theater would once again have a narrow audience without the meter, the jubilation was over.
– I was almost a little moved, says an almost as euphoric Ingar Helge Gimle.
The two actors have been playing the world-famous show since August 2021. But in December it said stop and the theater had to close its doors.
One million a day
The theater has estimated the loss fDecember and through January to 56 million in ticket revenues and theater bar sales.
– Every single performance we have lost over a million kroner, says Skribekk.
She says that at times they feared for the theater’s existence,
– Now it has been two dark months. We were closed on December 8 and now we are writing on February 1. It is a long time for this cultural industry, says Andrea Volsdal Skirbekk from the organizing company Scenekvelder.
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Ready for reopening
In the main part of the building that until 2008 housed the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, 1,400 velvet-clad seats are ready to once again receive the audience for the performance “Mamma Mia!” already from next Thursday.
– We have sold out in February and March. The plans are ready, we organizers are ready and the actors are ready, Skribekk assures.
The actors are also ready to welcome the audience.
– I think it’s fantastic to be part of this. The audience will get a joy boost without equal, promises Gimle.
– I hope many are ready to take the trip to Greece with us again on Thursday, Brandstorp says.
– Those who come here on Thursday will have a special experience. I hope people enjoy it as much as we do, she says.