Theatre, 1947

The Day Ends Early

Ingmar Bergman was introduced in the Gothenburg Theatre programme as a young man caught up in the problem of man's relationship to the devil.
'Bergman possesses rich expressive means which are sabotaged by his superficial skillfulness.'
Ebbe Linde, Bonniers Litterära Magasin

About the production

Reviews responded positively to Bergman's psychological skill as a playwright and his 'unscrupulous' dramatic dialogue but felt that his plot structure revealed 'artistic helplessness', and a tendency to take facile shortcuts by moving the conflict to an abstract level.

This was Bergman's most active period as a playwright, four months before the opening of The Day Ends Early, Rachel and the Cinema Doorman premiered at Malmö City Theatre and the same autumn Unto My Fear opened in Gothenburg.


  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide, (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).
  • Henrik Sjögren, Ingmar Bergman på teatern, (Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1968).