Mauri Kunnas‘ The History of Finland sees its premiere on the Small Stage at the Finnish National Theatre in spring 2019. This is the first time Kunnas’ work is performed at the National Theatre. The work has been adapted for the stage by the Finnish National Theatre dramaturge Eva Buchwald, and the tickets will be on sale in the autumn of 2018.
“It is a great honour for us to stage this important work at the National Theatre; it increases your perception of history and shares information in a very entertaining way,” Mika Myllyaho, director of the Finnish National Theatre enthuses.
The magnum opus The History of Finland paints a picture of the small, spirited nation of Finland from the 16th to the 19th century, from the times of Agricola to the era of autonomy. At this point in time, Finland was part of Sweden and ruled by various Swedish royals named, among others, Carl, John, Christina and Gustav.
Mauri Kunnas is thrilled The History of Finland will be performed at the Finnish National Theatre.
“The topic is very dear and important to me. I spent many years mulling it over and I had doubts about undertaking such a big task. I’m very glad I did – it turned out to be a pretty good book, and now even a play!” Kunnas muses.
Author, illustrator and cartoonist Mauri Kunnas (born 1950) is the most popular and one of the most internationally renowned Finnish authors of illustrated books. His successful career to date spans almost four decades.
The History of Finland was published in 2017 and became the most sold book of the year, with record sales of 163,000 books sold. The book was nominated for the Finlandia Junior Prize and won the Readers’ Favourite vote by a landslide. Kunnas also received a special prize from the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland. In March the book was published in Swedish under the name of Hundarnas historiebok – Finland, en del av Sverige (Förlaget).