Theatre, 1971


The premiere of famous Swedish playwright Lars Forssell's play, in which Allan Edwall played The Goat, based upon Jewish-American comedian Lenny Bruce.

'Allan Edwall as The Goat is amongst the finest roles I have seen in theatre.'
Hans Axel Holm, Dagens Nyheter

About the production

Forssell's ambition to transform the life of Lenny Bruce into a universal vision was supported by Bergman in his staging of the play, which opened with The Goat tumbling out of a crack in a symbolic world egg. According to Lars Forssell, Bergman was a 'genius. Completely phenomenal! We in Sweden don't understand that we have such a giant talent among us.'


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


  • Allan Edwall, The goat
  • Harriet Andersson, Ann
  • Anita Wall, Betty
  • Solveig Ternström, Maria
  • Börje Ahlstedt, Peter
  • Mathias Henrikson, Paul
  • Jonas Bergström, David
  • Gösta Prüzelius, Police officer
  • Jan Nyman, Policeman 1
  • Birger Malmsten, Policeman 2
  • Karin Kavli, Leberknödel
  • Kristina Adolphson, Liliane
  • Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Dick
  • Lil Terselius, Karin
  • Heinz Hopf, Waiter
  • Gertrud Fridh, Waitress
  • Hans Strååt, The judge
  • Hjördis Petterson, Mrs Bruère
  • Georg Årlin, Colonel Rack
  • Carl Billquist, Man 1
  • Peter Harryson, Man 2
  • Kari Sylwan, The girl
  • Anders Ek, Old soldier
  • Georg Rydeberg, The president
  • Birgitta Valberg, The old lady
  • Beata Bergström, Stills photographer
  • Lars Forssell , Author
  • Arne Hertler, Stage manager
  • Donya Feuer, Choreography
  • Klas Möller, Lighting design
  • Lennart Halling, Projections
  • Lars-Johan Werle, Music
  • Arne Lundh, Make-up and wigs
  • Agneta Pauli, Producer
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Anita Brundahl, Assistant director
  • Gunnel Lindblom, Assistant director
  • Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss, Designer
  • Holger Juhlin, Carpenter
  • Anita Orre, Prompter
  • Bernt Thorell, Technician