Actor Toralv Maurstad will be buried from Oslo Cathedral on Thursday 24 November, at 12 o’clock. He was 95 years old, and the burial will take place on the day he would have turned 96, i.e. on his own birthday. Maurstad is honored with burial at the state’s expense.
He fell asleep peacefully on Friday, November 4.
Follow the broadcast from the funeral here:
The priest Trond Bakkevig opened the speech during the ceremony by saying:
– He died while Beate was holding him.
Maurstad was married to director and actress Beate Eriksen (62) since 1999.
Furthermore, the priest said that Beate never became jealous as a result of “he loved the theater more than her.”
– For 30 years it has been us
A clearly affected Beate Eriksen gave a speech to her late husband in Oslo Cathedral on Thursday.
– Then we are both held by something, other than ourselves.
– Peer Gynt was over. It was, of course, a party. Toralv came home late, and we got ready for another party. Your birthday. Exactly three years ago today. Just before the guests were due to arrive, Toralv sat down in the pentøy. I want to go home, he said. I want to go home, Beate. Yes, you’re home now, my friend, she said.
– For 30 years it has been us. At the theatre, in Tordis-bua in Rondane, on Øya or in Nordfjord. Up early every morning. Pulling nets in storms and storms.
She talks about her great love, and is touched during the speech.
– You made me laugh. We grew up together. We were us, we were one. We were the fabric from which dreams are woven. And what a universe we shared.
The Prime Minister: – A legend
Just before the funeral started at 12 noon, King Harald and Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre arrived at Oslo Cathedral.
Gahr Støre referred to the deceased as a legend in his memorial speech:
– A long and extraordinary life in and for art is over. We say goodbye to one of the greatest from Norwegian theater art. We honor a lifetime achievement that was groundbreaking and unforgettable, says Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre in his speech.
– We can safely refer to him as a legend, he adds.
– He was an extraordinary talent. A big personality who could challenge us from the stage.
A final standing ovation
Memorial speeches are also given by theater manager Erik Ulfsby and Petter Skavlan.
– On behalf of a united Norwegian theater community, I encourage you to give a final warm round of applause, said Ulfsby from Oslo Cathedral.
The audience then stood up and applauded.
– We are saying goodbye to one of the greatest from Norwegian theatre
Actress Lise Fjeldstad (82) said the following about her friend and colleague Toralv Maurstad during the ceremony:
– Toralv Maurstad is dead, but Toralv Maurstad is immortal. He is and will always be a term in Norwegian theater history, she opened by saying.
– He had the great, inexplicable gift and enigma of talent. Because talent cannot be defined. But we can say it as simply as Toralv was the talent. And we just have to bow our heads to that. With big smiles. And we have to thank you for letting us experience Toralv. Thank you Toralv, continued Fjeldstad.
She then read a poem by Erling Christie, “Death is no parting”.
Familiar faces flocked
Earlier on Thursday morning, a number of famous guests arrived at Oslo Cathedral.
Among the many who turned up was Anette Hoff (61), who got to know Maurstad on the set of Hotel Cæsar.
Hoff says that she saw Maurstad last summer.
– I remember Toralv every day. I have, or had, a close and good relationship with him, and I really still have that. I will always have that, she says.
Hoff says she received the death message over the phone.
– Of course I thought it was very sad. But he was an old man, he has lived a wonderful life. None of us live forever.
Actress Lise Fjeldstad (82) has known Maurstad all her adult life, and will, among other things, read a poem for him during the funeral.
– It is sad, but at the same time a joy to be able to remember him in this way, she says.
– 62 years ago, Toralv Maurstad sat on the theater jury. I tried and I got in, she says.
She says that after the audition she found a note from jury member Maurstad. It should have said that Fjeldstad “can read poetry”. And on this day today, she will therefore read a poem during the funeral.
Little sister Mari Maurstad (65) said the following to TV 2 on the way into the church.
– He lived a long time and had a wonderful life, and we must not forget that, she says.
– He has made a big mark, and he is perhaps the last of that type of theater person. So then we put a finish line, in a way. It’s a bit sad, she adds.
– A wonderful person
Actor Per Christian Ellefsen (68) says that he had the pleasure of being a colleague of Maurstad, and that he was a perfectionist both in his working life and in his private life.
– He was a wonderful person to know. A direct, great man, says Ellefsen to TV 2.
– There is something about Toralv. He is theater. He will always be, even though he has passed away. He will always, for me, be the very structure of theatre, he says.
Ellefsen says he last worked with Maurstad in the play “Who is Ernest.”
– It was a very great experience, that is. After all, I’ve had some private dealings with him too…He and Beate. It has been very pleasant, says Ellefsen.
– A great role model
Tom Sterri (62) also paid tribute to Maurstad on the way to the funeral.
He worked for ten years as a director and actor in the TV 2 series “Hotel Cæsar”.
– He has been everything: actor, theater director, director… He has meant the most, more than anyone else. For me personally, he was a great role model. Someone who dared when it mattered the worst as a theater manager, and someone who delivered and really prepared something so crazy for everything he had to do. There was nothing easy about going there, and we must all strive for that in his spirit, says Sterri to God kveld Norge.
– First of all, a personal farewell
“For Toralv Maurstad’s family and friends, the ceremony in the church will primarily be a personal farewell. The family does not want any personal exposure in connection with the ceremony,” it says in a press release from Jølstad funeral byrå.
Toralv Maurstad was married to director and actress Beate Marie Eriksen (62), they married in 1999.
Toralv Maurstad is dead
Little sister Mari Maurstad (65) posted a tribute to her brother with warm words via her Instagram shortly after the death was made public.
“Thank you very much for all the warm thoughts in connection with my half-brother Toralv’s passing. No one was like you, Toralv❤Thank you for everything you have given us and the audience. You mastered tragedy as well as comedy and it was never boring where you were. Stories about you will live forever❤”
Popular theater star
Maurstad was a popular actor, theater manager and director, and he made his debut on the theater stage as a seven-year-old.
He has directed both the Oslo Nye Teater and the National Theatre.
Maurstad has received a number of awards, such as Leif Juster’s honorary award, Amanda’s honorary award and the Hedda award.
In addition to being a big name on Norwegian theater stages, he also became visible through the role of Georg Anker-Hansen in the TV 2 series Hotel Cæsar. In addition, Maurstad had the voice of Ludvig in “Flåklypa Grand Prix” from 1975.