Theatre, 1939

Lucky Per's Journey

Bergman's focus was on the moral content of the play, the core of which lay in the advice given to the little figure: 'Here one gets nothing without work. Work, Per, and be honest!'

'Romanticised, pathetic production [...] with drawn-out emotional moments and Sturm-und-Drang-like gestures.'
Gunnar Ollén, SFP-bladet

Reviews and comments

Both Naima Wifstrand and Bertolt Brecht attended the performance and expressed their gratitude in letters.


'[...] Before I end, a piece of advice. Simplify your acting style! Beware of the false theatrical!!'


'[I had a] strong impression of the seriousness, the evident idealism and also the talent of the actors, especially in the smaller parts.


  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.
  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman: A Reference Guide (Amsterdam University Press, 2005).
  • Birgitta Steene, Ingmar Bergman and the Arts, Ingmar Bergman's First Meetings with Thalia (Nordic Theatre Studies, Volume 11, 1998).



  • Stig Falkner, The Old Man
  • Cai Winter, Per
  • Curt Edgard, The Goblin
  • Barbro Hiort af Ornäs, The Fairy
  • Doris Söderström, Nisse
  • Irma Kjellgren, Nilla
  • Inga Hall, Lisa
  • Sture Djerf, The Waiter
  • Lennart Svensson, The Clerk
  • Inga Nicklasson, The Friend
  • Lennart Lindberg, The Statue
  • Mats Eljas, The Pillory
  • Arne Palmquist, The Shoemaker/Death
  • Jon Frisk, The Carriage Maker
  • Anne-Marie Sandberg, The Pedicurist
  • Elis Hahne, The Major/The Wise
  • Gun Öijerholm, The Bride
  • August Strindberg, Author
  • Rune Ede, Musical arrangement
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Ruben Zehlén, Designer