Espen Grjotheim is one of the most sought after musical theatre performers in Norway. He has participated in a wide range of theatre, music and television productions and is known as a versatile artist with a very diverse career.
He made his debut at 11 years old with the role of Tommy in Riksteatrets production of “Kardemommeby”. Thorbjørn Egner was the director. At 15 years old Espen played the role of Joseph in the Agder Theater debut show “King of the Jews”. The artistic director was Bentein Baardson. Towards the end of the 90s, he was the singer of the norwegian band Stray and signed a record contract with Emi-Virgin Records.
In 2001, Espen starred in the leadrole in the German production “Fire of Dance”. After 250 performances on tour in many parts of Europe, Espen headed to London to play the role of Mitch Maypole in the musical “Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens”. The show also visited the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Following this he toured Europe with the production “Best of Musicals”.
Back in Norway Espen was cast as the role of Buddy Walsh in “The Full Monty” on the National Scene Theatre (DNS) in Bergen. The show won the comedy award for best production. Espen was also a finalist in the very first season of “Pop Idol” in Norway. Espen went on to play major roles in “Fame” at the Chat Noir Theatre and “La Cage Aux Folles” at Oslo New Theatre.
In 2007, Espen was invited as a soloist on the recording of Secret Gardens record “Inside I’m singing”, along with artists such as Elaine Page, Tommy Körberg and Barbra Streisand. He has since then been a regular singer for the band and collaborated on several albums and concerts worldwide. He also sang on Secret Gardens contribution to Expo “Powered by nature” in Shanghai.
In 2009, Espen was cast as Sky in the musical “Mamma Mia” at Folketeateret in Oslo. A few years later, he starred as Galileo Figaro in “We Will Rock You” on the same stage. After this Espen has been part of several musicals and plays. He portrayed Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”, Freddy Trumper in “Chess”, Amy Winehouse in “27 the Club”, Serge in “Art” by Yasmina Reza and has participated in numerous concerts and shows in both Norway and internationally. Espen has also lent his voice to several animated films like “Princess and the Frog” (Disney), “The Book of Life” (20th century Fox) and “Trolls” (DreamWorks). He was nominated for the Norwegian Musical Theatre award both in 2015 and 2016.