Johan Peter Strömberg

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Johan Peter Strömberg.
Maria Christina Sophia Ehrnström

Johan Peter Strömberg (19 August 1773, Stockholm – 20 September 1834, Aker) was a Swedish actor, dancer and theatre director. He was the founder of the first public theatre and theatre school in Oslo in Norway.

Born to the Swedish tobacco manufacturer Anders Olofsson Strömberg and Ulrica Sophia Bourchell. Married in 1797 in the Swedish dancer Maria Christina Sophia Ehrnström (1776–1853).


He debuted in a travelling theater company in Nyköping in 1793. The Swedish theater troupes toured also in Norway, where there were otherwise only private amateur theatre; Det Dramatiske Selskap. He and his spouse was active as dancing teachers in several Norwegian cities from 1803; in 1806–09 in Det Dramatiske Selskab in Oslo. In 1809, he was given permission to create a public theater in the Norwegian capital. He wanted to create a Norwegian theater with Norwegian actors, and started a theater school in 1825. In 1827, he opened his theater, the first since the short lived experiment by Martin Nürenbach (1771). He was forced to hire educated Danish actors. He became unpopular when he performed a play about the union between Sweden and Norway, and went bankrupt in 1828. His theater became the Christiania Theatre.