Theatre, 1965

Don Juan

This production was designed for Swedish high schools, with a great deal of emphasis put on slapstick elements focusing round Sganarelle who fled into the audience - both a traditional feature present in 17th-century versions of the play and a typical Bergman ploy to engage a young, unsophisticated audience.

About the production

Bergman's second staging of Molière's play was more comical than the first, most likely due to the young audience it was presented to. Critical response was positive. 

The production was televised on educational TV on 17 March 1965. A TV programme about the production was broadcast on 26 February 1965.


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


  • Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Sganarelle
  • Einar Axelsson , Gusman
  • Georg Årlin, Don Juan
  • Kristina Adolphson, Donna Elvira
  • Margaretha Byström, Charlotte
  • Hans Strååt, Don Carlos
  • Sven Nilsson, Don Alonso
  • Ragnar Arvedson
  • Christina Frambäck, Mathurine
  • Björn Gustafson, Mr. Dimanche
  • Axel Düberg, Pierrot
  • Åke Lagergren, Francisque
  • Lenn Hjortzberg, La Violette
  • Per-Olof Ekvall, Ragotin
  • Mona Andersson, The Prompter
  • Beata Bergström, Stills photographer
  • Molière, Author
  • Yngve Rundgren, Stage manager
  • Arne Lundh, Make-up and wigs
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Sven Erik Skawonius, Designer
  • Tor Hedberg, Translation