Theatre, 1963

The Legend

In his third staging of The Legend, Bergman placed less emphasis on theatrical effects and colourful costumes and focussed primarily on the moral theme of the play and on the cynical old member of the Ehrenstål family.

About the production

In the programme note to the Royal Dramatic Theatre production, Hjalmar Bergman's widow, Stina, told a story that might be the genesis of The Legend: At Hjalmar and Stina Bergman's summer residence on Dalarö, there was a well from which a clear spray of water emerged. The innocent young title figure in The Legend shares the purity of the water in the well.

'For many this production will be a surprise, as they get to see what a broad register Ingmar Bergman has as a director,' one reviewer wrote, adding that Bergman was one of the few poetic minds on the Swedish stage. Not everyone agreed.

Sources

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

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