Following months of speculation, it has been announced that Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Lars Rudolfsson’s, Kristina från Duvemåla will premiere at the Götesborgs Operan (Gothenburg Opera House), on 25 October 2014.
The show will then transfer to Stockholm’s Cirkus theatre in September 2015.
‘Kristina’, a musical version of Vilhelm Moberg’s classic Swedish epic The Emigrants, follows the stuggles faced by a young couple, Kristina and Karl Oskar, as they emigrate with their family and friends from Småland to North America in the mid-1800s. It originally premièred in Malmo in 1995 and by the time it closed in Stockholm in 1999 had been seen by over 1 million people.
The most recent staging of ‘Kristina‘ opened at the Swedish National Theatre, Helsinki, in February 2012. Directed by Lars Rudolfsson, and starring Maria Ylipää as Kristina, Robert Noack as Karl Oskar, Birthe Wingren as Ulrika and Oskar Nilsson as Robert, the production played to great success until it closed in May 2013. It is this same team that will come together again to recreate their roles in Gothenburg and Stockholm.
“After five years of performances in Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm in the 1990’s and the recent sojourn in Helsinki, it feels great for ‘Kristina‘ to be on the Swedish stage again,” said Benny.
Leif Henriksson of the production company, Blixten & Co., said: “It is a great honor to work with such a modern classic as ‘Kristina’. We look forward to providing Gothenburg and Stockholm with the biggest-ever Swedish musical experience.”
When ‘Kristina’ originally opened in Gothenburg, it was the first musical to be staged in the then-new Opera House, and it is the most successful production of its kind ever mounted at the theatre.
The musical will open just in time for the building’s 20th anniversary, and the artistic director of opera and drama, Stephen Langridge is delighted. “With Götesborgs Operan celebrating its 20th anniversary, it feels great to be able to present ‘Kristina’ again with a new generation of artists,” he said.
Tickets for the Gothenburg production are expected to go on sale in March 2014.