Theatre, 1953

The Castle

Bergman does away with set pieces and presents a heavily scaled-down production of Franz Kafka's The Castle.

'It hit me that one required nothing more, no lighting, nothing - nothing more than the performer. So simple.'
Ingmar Bergman

About the production

Bergman displayed an almost empty stage: a few chairs, a table, and some projected images on the back wall reminiscent of an unreachable castle or spiritual wasteland. The lighting was a form of dreamlike clair-obscure in black, grey, and white tones. The overall effect was that of an expressionistic nightmare. The critics reacted with enthusiasm - in DN they termed the production a new feather in the cap for Malmö City Theatre.


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


  • Toivo Pawlo, K
  • Folke Sundquist, Schwarzer
  • Arnold Sjöstrand
  • Jullan Kindahl
  • Rune Turesson, Arthur
  • Nils Eklund, Jeremiah
  • Björn Bjelfvenstam, Barnabas
  • Eva Stiberg, Olga
  • Harriet Andersson, Amalia
  • Oscar Ljung
  • Nine-Christine Jönsson, Frieda
  • Åke Fridell
  • Berit Gustafsson, Mizzi
  • Georg Årlin, The teacher
  • Frans Oscar Öberg
  • Josef Norman
  • Nils Nygren
  • Mona Dan-Bergman
  • Max Brod , Author
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Per Falk, Designer