The National Theater was founded in 1850. 59 years later, Den Nationale Scene moved into this Art Nouveau building designed by Einar Oscar Schou. King Haakon VII of Norway attended opening night. Much of the structure was destroyed during WWII. After an extensive renovation, the performing arts venue reopened in 2001. Approximately 20 productions – and at least one for children – are staged annually by a professional ensemble of 40 actors.