Axlar Björn

Axlar Björn by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

A Vesturport and Reykjavik City Theatre production
Directed by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

“These are dark days.”
Axlar-Björn tells the story of Iceland’s most infamous killer, bearing the same name. When pregnant his mother had a craving for human blood wich his father provided from his own leg. So you can say that Axlar-Björns horrendous nature started in the womb.
Axlar-Björn killed eighteen people, men, women and children, and disposed of the bodies in ponds and crevices in the volcanic rock. In the year 1596 he was finally caught and sentenced to death by having all his limbs beaten to pulp before being decapitated.
In the play we follow Axlar-Björn blood soaked life story as well as asking the question, what makes a murderer?

Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (1974) has developed a good reputation as a writer and director, writing among other things the play Dubbeldusch and the adaptation of Faust and The Housewife along with his fellow partners in Vesturport.
Kjartan Sveinsson (1978) from the band Sigurrós underlines the horror with his music and soundtrack.

Running time: 75 minutes without interval


Atli Rafn Sigurðarson
Helgi Björnsson

Creative team

Directed and Written by
Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson

Kjartan Sveinsson

Set designer
Axel Hallkell Jóhannesson

Costume designer

Lighting designer
Kjartan Þórisson

Sound designer
Eiríkur Sigurðsson

Eva Signý Berger

Hanna Jónsdóttir

Assistant director
Vignir Rafn Valþórsson


Rakel Gardarsdottir


Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavík City Theatre Premiere 11th January – 21st March 2012

Wiesbaden, Germany
Staatstheater Wiesbaden-Wartburg 24th June
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