Theatre, 1993

The Time and the Room

The link to Strindberg was obvious from the start, and in the programme Bergman reprinted Strindberg's brief preface to A Dream Play.
'Time and space do not exist; anything can happen, anything is possible and probable.'
August Strindberg, preface to A Dream Play

About the production

The setting showed a house façade, reminiscent of the opening in several of Strindberg's chamber plays. Reviews were mixed. Several critics found Bergman's interpretation academic and distant, though revealing an intelligent reading of the play. 'The production was only understandable to those who saw the main character, Marie Steuber, as a reincarnation of Indra's daughter in A Dream Play.'


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


  • Lena Endre, Marie Steuber
  • Erland Josephson, Julius
  • Per Mattsson, Olaf
  • Mats Bergman, Man without watch
  • Gerthi Kulle, The impatient one
  • Hans Klinga, Frank Arnold
  • Marie Richardson, The sleeper
  • Björn Granath
  • Carl-Magnus Dellow
  • Gerd Hagman
  • Virpi Pahkinen
  • Jan Nyman
  • Johanna Johansson
  • Ulla Åberg, Dramaturgy
  • Bengt Wanselius, Stills photographer
  • Botho Strauss, Author
  • Tomas Wennerberg, Stage manager
  • Anders Dramstad, Sound technician
  • Hans Åkesson, Lightning
  • Rudi Schuster, Lightning technician
  • U2, Music
  • Jean Billgren, Musical arrangement
  • Leif Qviström, Make-up and wigs
  • Eva Ekman, Make-up and wigs
  • Sofi Lerström, Producer
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Åsa Kalmér, Assistant director
  • Stefan Lundgren, Props
  • Bengt Larsson, Master carpenter
  • Mette Möller, Designer
  • Antonia Pyk, Prompter
  • Per Erik Wahlund, Translation