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A play that first came to London in 2017, Oslo is so-named because of the famous Oslo Peace Accords, which the production goes into in an in-depth manner. Written by JT Rogers, whose other works include Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming, White People and Madagascar, Oslo first opened in the playwright's home city of New York, to almost universal acclaim. Indeed, the Broadway production went on to attain the Best Play prize at the prestigious Tony Awards in 2017. The New York Times said that it was a rich and resonant drama that had been afforded a thrilling production, while the Washington Times described it as 'deeply moving' as well as 'an extraordinary achievement' in political storytelling.
Oslo London's format
A stage play, Oslo is set in 1993, a time when the respective leaders of Israel and Palestine shocked many by shaking one another's hands on the lawn of the White House. However, the play's focus is not on what happened in front of the world’s press, but the achievement of negotiation that went on behind the scenes to create that iconic moment. Rogers looks deeply into the meetings held between the leaders, which took place away from the conflicted lands in the Middle East – talks that were conducted in secret, in a castle in the midst of a forest outside the Norwegian city of Oslo.
Transferred directly from Broadway, the London production is reproduced in the same way that Bartlett Sher had directed the first run in New York. The play centres on the actions of a pair of singular Norwegian diplomats who coordinated a set of top-secret meetings. Their true story forms the backbone of Rogers' plot, which is inspired by creating friendships from seemingly impossible situations. The London production pays quiet tribute to the diplomatic heroics of the main characters as they forged ahead with the groundbreaking Oslo Peace Accords; a series of agreements with few parallels in history.
Initially staged at the National Theatre on the south bank of the Thames, the darkly comedic political thriller discussed serious issues in a way that still had a lightness of touch. Rogers went on record to say that he reread the works of Noël Coward while writing Oslo, to keep the play sufficiently light-hearted despite the play's big political themes. Following its run at the National Theatre, the capital continued to stage the play when Oslo transferred to the West End.
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