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Nationaltheatret ("The National Theater") is one of Norwaymarker's largest and most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts.

The theater had its first performance on 1 September 1899 but can trace its origins to Christiania Theater, which was founded in 1829. There were three official opening performances, on subsequent days in September: First, selected pieces by Ludvig Holberg, then An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, and on the third day Sigurd Jorsalfar by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.

The theater was founded as a private institution and weathered several financial crises until 1929, when the Norwegian government started providing modest support. A number of famous Norwegians have served as artistic directors for the theater, but Vilhelm Krag who took over in 1911, is credited as having brought the theater into its "golden age."
The theatre is often considered the home for Ibsen's plays, and most of his works have been performed here. Notable is also the children's Christmas play, "The Journey to the Christmas Star" (Reisen til Julestjernen), written by the theatre's finance director Sverre Brandt and performed for the first time in 1924.

The theater manages four stages: the main stage (Hovedscenen), the amphitheater (Amfiscenen), and the Painting Parlor (Malingsalen) within the main structure, and the Torshov Theatre (Torshovteatret) in the Torshovmarker district of Oslo.

The current artistic director is Hanne Tømta.

The main building is centrally located between the Royal Palace in Oslo and parliament's building. It was designed by architect Henrik Bull.

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