Fanny och Alexander

The Swedish première of a Swedish national play on a Swedish national stage was described as a 'homecoming'.

The production premiered in 2012. Back on the repertory just in time for Christmas 2016. 

Alexander punished by Bishop Vergérus. Photo: Sören Vilks.
Fanny och Alexander

The Swedish première of a Swedish national play on a Swedish national stage was described as a 'homecoming'.

The production premiered in 2012. Back on the repertory just in time for Christmas 2016. 

Dramaten
3 — 31 Dec 2016
Stockholm
'To see Bergman staged at the Royal Dramatic Theatre is something quite special.'
Rikard Loman, Dagens Nyheter

About the production

The performance was an immediate success, sold out for months. The reviews were positive, if not raving.

Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter remarked that although the world premiere had been lost to our Norwegian neighbours, 'sometimes a homecoming is as exciting as a world premiere'.

Stefan Larssons' Fanny and Alexander perhaps doesn't reach the depths, but it does go the distance.

Even foreign media took interest in the event, such as The Wall Street Journal, concluding their review:

This lavish production is four hours long, but it kind of has to be. The film was originally intended to be Bergman's farewell to the cinema (he returned) and a celebration of the theater. As such, it includes all the familiar big themes of the film director's oeuvre. It wrestles with the nature of imagination and dreams, artifice and reality, and, of course, damaged and destructive relationships. There are masks and mirrors, and themes of god and death. There is stark reality, but also ghosts and magic, and, finally, a form of appeal to divine grace in the face of a cruel world. The play has amped up the farcical and burlesque elements of the film to offset the heavier themes. Throughout the production, the audience sees stage workers cross the revolving clockwork set to remove props, touch up actors' makeup and help them switch into their double roles. This is theater about theater at its best.

Sources

  • Rikard Loman, ”'Fanny och Alexander' på Dramaten", Dagens Nyheter, 13 februari, 2012.
  • Jens Hansegard, 'Bergman's Masks and Mirrors', Wall Street Journal, 17 February, 2012.

Collaborators

  • Ingmar Bergman, Author
  • Stefan Larsson, Adaptation and direction
  • Rufus Didwiszus, Set design
  • Nina Sandström, Costume
  • Torben Lendorph, Light
  • Sofia Ranow Boix-Vives, Lena Bouic-Wrange, Kjell Gustavsson, Wig and mask
  • Marie Göranzon, Helena Ekdahl
  • Thomas Hanzon, Oscar Ekdahl
  • Livia Millhagen, Emilie Ekdahl
  • Jan Malmsjö, Police inspector, actor
  • Reine Brynolfsson, Bishop Edvard Vergerus
  • Christopher Wagelin, Carl Ekdahl
  • Jonas Karlsson, Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
  • Kristina Törnqvist, Lydia Ekdahl
  • Tanja Lorentzon, Alma Ekdahl
  • Hans Klinga, Isak Jacobi
  • Pontus Gustafsson, Aron Retzinsky
  • Ellen Jelinek, Ismael Retzinsky, sufflösen
  • Jennie Silfverhjelm, Maj, Justine
  • Kicki Bramberg, Henrietta
  • Basia Frydman, Miss Vega, the bishop's mother
  • Jon Karlsson, A young actress
  • Josephine Alhanko, A young actress
  • Elisabet Helander, Elsa Bergius
  • Hannes Alin, Victor Lindblad Poturaj, Alexander
  • Kajsa Halldén, Leona Ekman Larson, Fanny