Theatre, 1952

The Night's Burden of Guilt

This radio play, written by the 33-year-old head of the Pope's broadcasting office, was part of a Swedish Public Radio series of experimental radio dramas.

About the production

Ingmar Bergman's direction received favorable mention, while reviewers found the play more banal than experimental. Sven Stolpe, a Catholic, was most positive in his assessment and called the presentation an example of 'a theatre for the people, a Biblia pauperum of sound'.

No recordings remain.


  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.


  • Stig Järrel, Giovanni
  • Ulf Johanson, The Man
  • Barbro Hiort af Ornäs, Rosina
  • Birger Malmsten, Diego
  • Erik Rosén, The Judge/The police constable
  • Siv Thulin , Giulia
  • Ragnar Arvedson, Vito
  • Gösta Prüzelius, Nando
  • Henrik Schildt, Piero
  • Alberto Perrini, Author
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Karin de Laval, Translation