Theatre, 1994

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale was planned as a farewell to theatre and was reviewed as such, when Bergman re-staged The Misanthrope for the third time just a few months later. A farewell would have to wait.

'Which of my productions do I hold closest to my heart? - The Winter's Tale, standing in a class all its own. It is the production I am most grateful and happiest for, the most meaningful.'
Ingmar Bergman

About the production

Bergman's 1994 Dramaten production of the play was the third one in Sweden in a short period of time but also the boldest in terms of conception and handling of Shakespeare's text.

In a self-styled interview, Bergman mentions having been fascinated by The Winter's Tale as early as 1932, when he was experimenting with his puppet theatre.

The critical consensus was that Bergman's personal vision had entered into a happy union with Shakespeare's fairy tale drama. As Leif Zern was quoted in Dagens Nyheter, 'Ingmar Bergman's staging of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale on The Royal Dramatic Theatre's main stage has all the prospects of becoming the same kind of popular feast as Fanny and Alexander was.

Sources

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

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