Fortrolige samtaler

Praise for new confessions.

Fortrolige samtaler

Praise for new confessions.

National Theatre
12 Jan — 6 Feb 2018

Other adaptions

  • Nationaltheatret, Oslo
….Liv Ullmann bursts through the framework of the script, giving it an eternal relevance and beauty…..
- Mode Steinkjer in Dagsavisen

About the production

In 1996, Liv Ullmann directed Private Confessions for TV. 20 years later her stage adaptation of Bergman’s original script was very well received by critics.

The most radical aspect of Ullman’s adaptation came in the form of extracts from Bergman's mother and father’s diaries and letters. Their words intensified already established themes while simultaneously teasing out new meanings, as the context of Bergman’s text changed. Rather than dramatizing their words, Ullmann employed a narrator to read from the diaries and letters. In this way, parents and son retained their individual voices.

Critics emphasized the shows rigor and rich emotional spectrum. Artlessness was the dominant adjective used to characterize the set design, acting and the sparse musical accompaniment that included pieces by Shostakovich, Schumann, and Beethoven.

Some criticism was aimed at Ullmann’s use of a narrator, the feeling being that an already wordy play became unnecessarily bogged down. 


  • "Liv Ullmanns stille triumf", Mode Steinkjer, Dagsavisen, 10 January 2016.
  • "Fortrolighet for åpen scene", Karen Frøsland Nystøyl, NRK, 10 January 2016.
  • "Ensomme enetaler", Mona Levin, Aftenposten, 10 January 2016.


  • Ingmar Bergman, Author
  • Liv Ullmann, Director
  • Milja Salovaara, Set design
  • Ingrid Nylander, Costume
  • Nick Schlieper, Light design
  • Nils Wingerei, Sound design
  • Ruth H. Norvik, Make-up artist
  • Einar Bjørge, Assistant director
  • Marte Engebrigtsen, Anna
  • Anneke von der Lippe, Marta
  • Mattis Herman Nyquist, Henrik
  • Liv Bernhoft Osa, Karin
  • Hermann Sabado, Tomas
  • Kari Simonsen, The Narrator
  • Bjørn Skagestad, Jacob