Theatre, 1994

Goldberg Variations

In order to stage George Tabori's piece complete with Bach and hard rock, Bergman chose the small stage at The Royal Dramatic Theatre, which facilitated his sought-after contact between stage and audience.
'A flashingly intelligent play.'
Lars Ring, Svenska Dagbladet

About the play

Tabori's drama, part meta-theatrical farce, part Jewish morality play, is full of intertextual quotes and references to the Bible, Shakespeare, and Milton. On the farcical level it presents a rehearsal that ends in disarray; as a morality play, it depicts a series of disasters throughout the history of mankind where God has decided not to intervene.

As Christina Lundberg stated in Västerbottenskuriren, 'Seriousness shares the space with farce in a performance spiced with extravagant humor.'



  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.


  • Johan Rabaeus, Mr J
  • Basia Frydman, Mrs Mopp
  • Inga-Lill Andersson, Teresa Tormentina
  • Bibi Andersson, Ernestina van Veen
  • Björn Granath, Jafet
  • Hans Klinga, Masetto
  • Mats Bergman, Raema
  • Pierre Wilkner, Hanok
  • Fredrik Hammar, Hamlet
  • Virpi Pahkinen, Vasti
  • Fanny Josephson, Ohola
  • Daniel Carter, Guard
  • Malin Edwall, Guard
  • Henri Hanus-Haim, Guard
  • Themba Tainton, Guard
  • Per Cederin, Props
  • Jenny Engdahl, Props
  • Bengt Wanselius, Stills photographer
  • George Tabori , Author
  • Tomas Wennerberg, Stage manager
  • Donya Feuer, Choreography
  • Göran Wassberg, Costume design
  • Jan-Eric Piper, Sound
  • Pierre Leveau, Lightning
  • Ulf Englund, Lightning technician
  • Lars Lindberg, Lightning technician
  • Johan Lindell, Music
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Music
  • Leif Qviström, Make-up and wigs
  • Eva Ekman, Make-up and wigs
  • Peter Westerberg, Make-up and wigs
  • Sofi Lerström, Producer
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Anna von Rosen, Assistant director
  • Stefan Lundgren, Props
  • Claes Snell, Master carpenter
  • Roland Åblad, Master carpenter
  • Antonia Pyk, Prompter
  • Erland Josephson, Translation
  • Ulla Åberg, Translation