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Peer Gynt at Shahrzad Theater

Peer Gynt at Shahrzad Theater
Peer Gynt at Shahrzad Theater

A stage reading of ‘Peer Gynt’, a five-act play by Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), will be performed on Saturday at Shahrzad Theater Complex in Tehran.

The reading will be accompanied by an orchestra and a performance by actors including Afsaneh Parmar, Sara Shahi and Gelareh Vazirizadeh, the website of the venue wrote.

Peer Gynt is a Norwegian farm lad who wastes his time in loitering and lazy dreaming. The play will be read and performed while Iran Youth Orchestra plays along with the incidental music composed by the late Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg (1843-1907).

The background music ‘Peer Gynt, Opus 23’ was composed in 1875. The youth orchestra will perform it under the leadership of composer and conductor Arman Norouzi.

Although composing many short piano pieces and chamber works, what Grieg composed for Henrik Ibsen stands out. Originally composing 90 minutes of orchestral music for the play, he later went back and extracted certain sections for the suites. Peer Gynt suites are among Grieg’s most well-known works.

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