Theatre, 2003

The Pelican / Island of the Dead

The final radio play Bergman directed, The Pelican and Island of the Dead were written in 1907 by August Strindberg.

About the production

Island of the Dead, inspired by Böcklin's famous painting Toteninsel, was planned as a frame for The Pelican, but is usually not included in productions of the chamber play. Bergman did and shifted the emphasis from psychological realism in The Pelican to dream mode in Toteninsel's dream of death.


  • The Ingmar Bergman Archives.


  • Erland Josephson, The dead man
  • Ewa Fröling, Mother Elise
  • Jonas Malmsjö, Son Fredrik
  • Maria Bonnevie, Daughter Gerda
  • Jacob Ericksson, Son-in-law
  • Gunnel Lindblom, Housekeeper
  • August Strindberg, Author
  • Käbi Laretei, Musician (piano)
  • Ingmar Bergman, Radio adaptation