This year marks the 70th anniversary of the official opening of The National Theatre of Iceland. It took place on the April 20 1950, on the First Day of Summer, and truly marked a turning point in Icelandic history and culture. This year‘s anniversary play is the popular children‘s play When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town written by the Norwegian playwright and songwriter Thorbjørn Egner (1912–1990). It is dedicated to the 70-year history of children‘s shows in The National Theatre. The play premiered on the Main Stage in 1960 and is now staged for the sixth time.
On the occasion of the anniversary a micro-exhibition with cards and drawings by Thorbjørn Egner has now opened in the entrance hall of the Icelandic National Collection – which is also the highlight of the month in the National and University Library of Iceland.
The material belongs to two private collections from the Theatre Museum of Iceland, now preserved in the National Library. On the one hand, the collection of Klemenz Jónsson actor and director (1920–2002), with the shelfmark Lbs 2019/57, and on the other hand the collection of Lárus Ingólfsson (1905–1981) actor and costume and stage designer, with the shelfmark Lbs 2019/58.
The exhibition is open until October 4 2020.