Theatre, 1971


The premiere of famous Swedish playwright Lars Forssell's play, in which Allan Edwall played The Goat, based upon Jewish-American comedian Lenny Bruce.

'Allan Edwall as The Goat is amongst the finest roles I have seen in theatre.'
Hans Axel Holm, Dagens Nyheter

About the production

Forssell's ambition to transform the life of Lenny Bruce into a universal vision was supported by Bergman in his staging of the play, which opened with The Goat tumbling out of a crack in a symbolic world egg. According to Lars Forssell, Bergman was a 'genius. Completely phenomenal! We in Sweden don't understand that we have such a giant talent among us.'


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