Theatre, 1951

The Rose Tattoo

This guest appearance at Norrköping-Linköping City Theatre of Tennessee Williams' play about Sicilian immigrants was the only Williams' piece with a happy ending.

About the production

In 1951, Bergman's play The Rose Tattoo was produced as a comedy in Copenhagen and as a sombre tragedy in Gothenburg. When he guest-directed the play at Norrköping-Linköping City Theatre, he approached it as a farce and altered both the opening and the ending of the original text. Even more drastically, he cut out the crowd scenes depicting an Italian-American scenario.

The performance was re-staged the following summer.


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


  • Karin Kavli, Serafina Delle Rose
  • Sigrid Kaiser, Rosa delle Rose (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Åke Engfeldt, Alvaro Mangiacavallo
  • Signe Wirff, Assunta (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • John Harryson, Jack Hunter (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Ulrika Modin, Estelle Hohengarten (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Kerstin Boström, Miss Yorke (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Gertrud Danielson, Flora (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Nine-Christine Jönsson, Bessie (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Sture Ericson, Father De Leo
  • Tore Karte, The agent (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Louise Bojar, Guiseppina (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Kerstin Olin, Peppina (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Ruth Hoffsten, Violetta (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)
  • Margot Ryding, Assunta (Folkparkerna)
  • Pia Arnell, Rosa delle Rosa (Folkparkerna)
  • Björn Bjelfvenstam, Jack Hunter (Folkparkerna)
  • Marianne Nielsen, Flora (Folkparkerna)
  • Asta Bohlin, Bessie (Folkparkerna)
  • Gösta Bråhner, Agenten (Folkparkerna)
  • Birgit Ekstrand, Guiseppina (Folkparkerna)
  • Tennessee Williams, Author
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Evert Myhrman, Designer (Folkparkerna)
  • Carl Cloffe, Designer (Stadsteatern Norrköping-Linköping)