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Vesturport is an Icelandic theatre group, founded on 18 August 2001.[1] The group has performed plays in the United States, Europe and Australia. In 2011, it received the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities for its complete work, innovative character and originality.[2]


On the day that the theatre group was founded, the play Discopigs was performed in Reykjavík. Over the next three years the group performed the plays Key around the neck, Titus and Mr. Man.[1] It´s first performance outside of Iceland was Romeo and Juliet, on the 18th of November 2004 in Playhouse Theatre, London.[3] Romeo and Juliet was subsequently shown in Germany, Poland, Norway and Finland.[4] In 2004 the group premiered the Icelandic play Brim and it received the Icelandic Gríma award for the best theatre script.[5] Later on the same year, 30 April 2004 the group premiered the first theatre play of Víkingur Kristinsson, Shopping mall shattered.[6] In 2008 the group premiered the plays Together and Love in Reykjavík City Theatre and Dubbeldelush in Akureyri Theatre. On the 15th of October the group premiered the play Woyzeck in the Howard Gilman opera house in Brooklyn.[7] A year later the group premiered the play Metamorphosis in Tasmania in a collaboration with Lyric Hammersmith.[8] The group then collaborated with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis to compose music for the play Faust,[9] with planned performances in Berlin, Hamburg and London.[10] In 2010 the group received favorable criticism from the New York Times for the play Metamorphosis, which increased the popularity of the group.[11][12] A year later the group started collaborating with Tony-award winner Robin de Levita on Metamorphosis, Romeo and Juliet, Loce the Musical, The brothers Karazom and Mad Alice, with planned performances in the United States.[13] In the same year, the group received the Europe Theatre Prize for innovative character and originality.[2]

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