Norway’s entire National Theater in Oslo will probably have to be renovated

National theater Oslo NationaltheatretPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

The National Theater is falling into disrepair, and several areas inside and outside are at risk of coming loose. In several places, there are visible cracks.

During the preliminary planning, it turned out that the entire historic building probably needed to be fixed, wrote Vårt Oslo.

“We have encountered some challenges and must think anew about how the National Theater will be renovated within the framework given,” said Statsbygg communications director Hege Njaa Aschim to Vårt Oslo.

As of now, the project is already severely delayed. It seems that theater director Kristian Seltun and his employees will be able to not move out until 2023 – at the earliest. Originally, the construction project was to start in 2022.

Statsbygg can not yet say anything about how delayed the project will end up being. However, the schedule has already been sharply altered, and the deadline increased. It seems the same will happen to the budget of already close to NOK 2 billion.

Neither Aschim nor others Vårt Oslo has spoken to in Statsbygg can say anything about what the final sum of the revamp of the National Theater will end up being. Not even when the work starts – unplanned costs could pop up.

The National Theater was last renovated, but not modernized, after a fire in 1980. For that purpose, the main stage was closed for five years.

The original building was designed by architect Henrik Bull and built between 1891 and 1899.

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