A new production of the Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Kristina Lugn and Lars Rudolfsson musical comedy, Hjälp sökes, will open in Denmark in Spring 2015, with song lyrics and dialogue translated into Danish by singer Anne Linnet and author Pia Tafdrup.
The production will be staged at Østre Gasværk Teater in Copenhagen, an 1887 gasometer designed by Martin Nyrop (who also designed Copenhagen’s City Hall) and converted in 1979, by Danish actor and theatre manager Morten Grunwald, into what is described as a unique theatre space inside a raw industrial building.
Hjälp sökes, (Hjælp Søges in Danish), is the tale of two brothers struggling with life running the family farm and what happens when they resort to placing an advert ‘Help Wanted’, in the local newspaper.
The cast consists of fourteen animals, including Kallerman the goat, pigs Flora and Kira, giant cows Ronja and Cindy, Douglas the horse, plus five dogs and geese, who share the stage with just three human actors and animal trainer Suzanne Berdino.
When Hjälp sökes premiered at Stockholm’s Orionteatern in February 2013, it received glowing reviews and played to packed houses until its scheduled close in June 2013. A CD featuring all the songs plus incidental music was released in September 2013 and a live recording of the show broadcast on Swedish television in January 2014. The Stockholm production will open for a second season in September 2014.
Tickets for the Danish production, which will run from 12 April until 7 June 2015, are on sale now.