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The Thief of Time  (Tímaþjófurinn

The Thief of Time is a unique work about obsessive love, inextinguishable desire, rejection and loss. Aristocrat Alda Ivarsen is a thirty-seven-year-old teacher of languages. She has had a succession of love affairs that have meant little to her. She easily gets rid of her lovers when she gets tired of them. But when she falls in love with the new history teacher, a married and handsome man, heading for politics, she loses control. When he abandons her after an affair that lasts one hundred days she cannot get him out of her mind. The play is based on an Icelandic bestseller from 1986, that was also repeatedly reedited in Sweden and France.


Excerpts from reviews:

„...a magnificent work of art is created on the stage, where every aspect of the show supports its other aspects in an impressive way… The novel’s fans flock now to the theatre but I wish that people that do not know the novel also go there to delve into the delight and agony of Alda Ivarsen’s heartbreak“ (SA,, culture review) ★★★★

„… an incisive and memorable production ... excellent cast...“ (SJ, Fréttabladid newspaper) ★★★★

"One of the very best productions of the theatrical season… The star of the show is Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, who creates an extraordinarily strong and consistent Alda. It is hard to find one false note in her highly professional and meticulous interpretation“ (BL, DV newspaper) „Extremely well done… they succeed in creating a very interesting and exciting production, that is of very high artistic quality … this is something that I think that everyone should go and see“ (HA, Kastljós, news/culture TV magazine) 

The National Theatre of Iceland production 2017


Adaptation by Melkorka Tekla Ólafsdóttir


Director: Una Þorleifsdóttir

Choreography: Sveinbjörg Þórhallsdóttir 

Lighting: Ólafur Ágúst Stefánsson

Music: Kristinn Gauti Einarsson


Cast: Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Edda Arnljótsdóttir, Snaefrídur Ingvarsdóttir, Oddur Júlíusson 


Photos by Steve Lorenz

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