Theatre, 1953

The Castle

Bergman does away with set pieces and presents a heavily scaled-down production of Franz Kafka's The Castle.

'It hit me that one required nothing more, no lighting, nothing - nothing more than the performer. So simple.'
Ingmar Bergman

About the production

Bergman displayed an almost empty stage: a few chairs, a table, and some projected images on the back wall reminiscent of an unreachable castle or spiritual wasteland. The lighting was a form of dreamlike clair-obscure in black, grey, and white tones. The overall effect was that of an expressionistic nightmare. The critics reacted with enthusiasm - in DN they termed the production a new feather in the cap for Malmö City Theatre.


  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide, (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).