Winner of every ‘Best Play’ award on Broadway in 2017, J T Rogers’ gripping new diplomacy drama Oslo makes its West End premiere at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Recognised by every Broadway awards body, including those given by New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards, this darkly funny political thriller plays at the Harold Pinter Theatre, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre.
The play features a cast led by stage and screen star Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Die Another Day) playing Terje Rød-Larsen, and Lydia Leonard, who plays Mona Juul. The story follows the young Norwegian couples’ struggle towards peace.
In 1993, with the eyes of the world watching and the global press gathered for a momentous occasion, as the leaders of Israel and Palestine shook hands on the lawn of the White House. But few observers could have known that the negotiations leading up to this iconic moment started months beforehand, being covertly coordinated from a castle in the middle of a forest just outside Oslo.
Oslo originated from a chance connection between director Bartlett Sher, playwright J. T. Rogers, and Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen. Rogers learned of the diplomat’s unheralded work in the 1990s negotiations and took an interest in developing the story into a play.
The show then had its world premiere at Off-Broadway in 2016. Due to such an acclaimed reception, it has recently been confirmed that a film version will be released. Marc Platt (Bridge Of Spies, La La Land) will produce the project, which will also be penned by Rogers.
Named Best Play at the 2017 Tony Awards, Oslo tells the true and empowering story of two bold Norwegian diplomats who risked everything to coordinate top secret talks and inspire seemingly impossible friendships. Their understated heroics led to the groundbreaking Oslo Peace Accords and a new dawn of worldwide optimism, in an inspirational, tender and surprisingly funny tale.
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