Captain Sabertooth, a fictional pirate from a series of popular Norwegian theater plays for children

Captain Sabertooth (in Norwegian: Kaptein Sabeltann) is a long running series that centers on the eponymous pirate Captain Sabertooth, who was created and was originally portrayed by the Norwegian singer, composer, author and actor Terje Formoe.[1][2] The series comprises several stage plays, theatrical films, a television series,[3] cartoons, and books, all of which are aimed at small children.[4][5]

The series was first launched as a series of stage plays. The first play, Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure in Luna Bay, was first performed in Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park in Norway where Formoe was Director of Entertainment.[6] The play's success was so great that in 1994 it was followed up with another stage play, Captain Sabertooth and the Secret of Luna Bay, the music of which won Formoe a Spellemann prize,[6] the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Awards.[7] The plays have since been followed up with several theatrical films, which have proven to be very popular in Norway.[8]

In 2014 the film Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama was released. Its cost was 50 million Norwegian kroner (roughly US$6,600,000 or EUR 7,800,000 as of May 2015), making it the most expensive children's film to date in Norwegian history.[9]


Captain Sabertooth performance with Terje Formoe in 2010

Captain Sabertooth is head of a band of pirates, who are sailing together in their ship called The Dark Lady (Den Sorte Dame). Among the other pirates are Pirate Wally (Pelle Pirat) a fat and somewhat clumsy man, and Tiny (Pinky), a young guy fighting for recognition from the other pirates.

Other characters are Red Rudy (Røde Ruben), a former sailor who lives together with Aunt Bessie (Tante Bassa) in Luna Bay (Kjuttavika). He wants to be an honest and peaceful man, but is maniacally interested in gold and jewels, an interest he shares with the pirates. He and Bessie work in a tavern together with her niece Veronica (Sunniva). Veronica and Tiny become friends.


Stage plays

Performance Year Notes
Kaptein Sabeltann og skatten i Kjuttaviga [no] Day-time show: 1990-1991

Evening show: 1992-1993 Made into a film in 1992.

Kaptein Sabeltann og hemmeligheten i Kjuttaviga [no] 1994, 1995 Played at Hvalstrand Bad in Asker as "Captain Sabertooth and Gory Gabriel's Treasure"
Kaptein Sabeltann - Jakten på den magiske diamant [no] 1996, 1997 First full-length performance.
Kaptein Sabeltann og skatten i Kjuttaviga [no] 1998, 1999 A merger of the first two plays.
Kaptein Sabeltann og den forheksede øya [no] 2000, 2001 Svein Roger Karlsen [no] plays Captain Sabertooth for the first time.

Made into a film in 2000.

Kaptein Sabeltann - Jakten på den magiske diamant [no] 2002, 2003 Partly new action from the performance recorded in 1996/1997.

Filmed in 2002

Kaptein Sabeltann og Grusomme Gabriels skatt [no] 2004, 2005, 2006 Partly new action from the performance recorded in 1998/1999.

Filmed in 2005.

Kaptein Sabeltann og den forheksede øya [no] 2007, 2008, 2009 Partly new action from the performance recorded in 2000/2001.

Filmed in 2008.

Kaptein Sabeltann og Grusomme Gabriels skatt [no] 2010 Identical to the performance recorded in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Terje Formoe once again performs as Captain Sabertooth

Kaptein Sabeltann og havets Hemmelighet [no] 2011, 2012 Kyrre Haugen Sydness [no] plays Sabertooth for the first time.

Audun Meling [no] has his last performance as Langmann

Kaptein Sabeltann og Grusomme Gabriels skatt [no] 2013
Kaptein Sabeltann - Jakten på den magiske diamant [no] 2014, 2015



Role Performed by Years
Captain Sabertooth Terje Formoe 1990-1999 and 2010
Svein Roger Karlsen [no] 2000-2009
Kyrre Haugen Sydness [no] 2011-
Langemann Audun Meling [no] 1994-2011
Håvard Bakke [no] 2012-
Pelle Pirat Ingolf Karinen [no] 1990-2009
Kai Kenneth Hansson [no] 2010-
Pysa Pirat Knut Haugmark [no] 1994–2003, 2007
Ole-Hermann Gudim Lundberg [no] 1995
Kai Kenneth Hansson 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Frank Ole Sætrang [no] 2010-
Benjamin Tor Sigbjørnsen [no] 1998-2013
Dagfinn Tutturen [no] 2014-
Skalken Geir Atle Johnsen [no] 2004, 2005, 2006
Jakob Oftebro 2007
Robert Skjærstad [no] 2008-
Odin Geir Atle Johnsen 1998-1999
Pinky Morten Usterud [no] 1990-1999
Fredrik Hognerud Træland [no] 1998-2001
Odd-Audor Ridse Bentsen [no] 2002-2003
Ole Alfsen [no] 2004-2006
Kristian Fluge Sævig [no] 2007-2009
Ole Tobias Tveit [no] 2010-2012
Max August Key Graarud [no] 2013-
Sjømannnen Ruben den Røde Svein Haagensen [no] 1990-1999
Hallvard Holmen [no] 2004
Anderz Eide [no] 2005-2006
Morten Svartveit [no] 2010-2013
Tante Bassa Linda Tørklep [no] 1990-1999
Siw Anita Andersen 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013
Elisabeth Lindland [no] 2011-2012
Sunniva Janne Formoe [no] 1990-1997
Helene Bøksle 1998, 1999
Hanne Nyborg Abrahamsen [no] 1998-2001
Mari Hauge Mathisen [no] 2002-2003
Nina Lund Feste [no] 2004
Marie Berntsen [no] 2005-2006
Marlen Hamsund [no] 2007-2009
Ingrid Aarsland [no] 2010-2012
Johanne Regine Svendsberget [no] 2013-
Mayor Geir Atle Johnsen [no] 2004-2006
Richard Olsen [no] 2010-2013
Maga Kahn Svein Haagensen [no] 1996-1997
Anders Baasmo Christiansen 2002
Anders Mordal [no] 2003
Frode Winther[12] 2014-
Dronning Sirikit Helén Vikstvedt [no] 1996-1997
Janne Formoe [no] 2002-2003
Ulrikke Døvigen[12] 2014-
Malena Pirat Linda Tørklep [no] 1996-1997
Sidsel Ryen 2002-2003
Siw Anita Andersen 2014-
Marco Roger André Federici [no] 1996-1997
Ole Alfsen [no] 2002-2003
Adam Eftevaag [no] 2014-
Greven av Gral Geir Atle Johnsen [no] 2000-2001
Håvard Bakke [no] 2007-2009
Miriam av Gral Janne Formoe [no] 2000-2001
Siw Anita Andersen 2007-2009
Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland [no] 2011
Kjærsti Skjeldal [no] 2012
Lola Helén Vikstvedt [no] 2000-2001
Lucifer Jan Gunnar Røise 2000-2001
Piodor Anders Baasmo Christiansen 2000-2001
Grisk Hans Rønningen [no] 2007-2009
Slu Silje Lundblad 2007.2009
Grufull Ingrid Jørgensen Dragland 2007-2009
Glade Gorm Espen Løvås 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013
Kurt Mega Herdlevær Some shows in 2013
Tøge Igor Necemer 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013
Ask Vibe Sama 2005
Birk Esben Vinsnes 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
Dagfinn Tutturen 2013
Roger Jacob Emil Klingen Borg 2010
Maga Kahns soldat #1 Geir Atle Johnsen 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003
Maga Kahns soldat #2 Tor Sigbjørnsen 1996-1997
Jan Gunnar Røise 2002
Hans Petter Meirik 2003
Morgan Esben Vinsnes 2007-2009
Svein Roger Karlsen 2011-2012



Comics and magazines


Captain Sabertooth's World

The gates to Captain Sabertooth's World

In 1995 a Captain Sabertooth themed section of the Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park was opened.[13] The area has a pirate village theme and contains various attractions, restaurants, and shops that are centered around the character of Captain Sabertooth and the other characters in the series. In the summer the park holds several shows and features, including one that allows guests to ride on Sabertooth's ships The Dark Lady and The Countess.

Abra Havn

Abra Havn

On the eastern side of the small lake by Captain Sabertooth's World is built a pirate village called Abra Havn. The pirate village consists of buildings that gives an illusion of a pirate society, surrounded by a high wall. During the high season apartments are rented out inside the pirate village.[14]


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  14. ^ Sjørøverhotellet Abra Havn Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park (in Norwegian)


  1. ^ Kristiansand Dyrepark 27.08.2021