‘Fram’ at the National Theatre in London

 Date:10/04/2008 - 22/05/2008

A new play by one of Britain’s foremost playwrights, Tony Harrison, is on at the National Theatre from 10 April. A special ticket offer is available to our readers. To find out more, please see the end of this article.

The play is named after the Arctic ship 'Fram', which was specially built for the famous Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Directed by Tony Harrison and Bob Crowley, it takes the audience to the ship on which Nansen and his suicidal companion Hjalmar Johansen make a bid for the North Pole in the 1890s. Though personally incompatible, the two men nevertheless share a bear-fur sleeping bag through the long winter. Following World War I, Nansen, still haunted by Johansen’s ghost, is appointed by the League of Nations to lead a repatriation scheme for prisoners of war, many of them in Russia. As a figurehead of the Russian famine relief in 1922, he conducts the first celebrity campaign, searching for means, however shocking, to make people care. This work earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen (1861 – 1930) was an outstanding scientist and professor of both zoology and oceanography. He achieved fame and acclamation for his expeditions across Greenland and voyages across the Arctic Ocean on the ‘Fram’, which he commissioned from the ship designer Colin Archer in 1890. The ship was launched in 1892.

The play opens at the Olivier Theatre on 17 April as part of the Travelex £10 Season.

Special offer:
Book top-price seats with a FREE drink and programme. Valid from 12 April – 22 May. Call 020 7452 3000 and quote ‘Norway offer’. Subject to availability. No booking fees.

17 April – 22 May
Previews from 10 April
National Theatre
Olivier Theatre
South Bank
London SE1 9PX

Tickets: £10 - £30
For tickets click here, or call 020 7452 3000

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'Fram' is on at the National Theatre in London until 22 May.Photo: Nobby Clark

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