Theatre, 1995

Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy

Bergman's zestful Yvonne was received as yet another artistic triumph for director, set designer, and ensemble.

'Yvonne is not a "large" Bergman staging - it has found its soul on the small stage, functioning more through details and subtle devices than through grand gestures, scenery and tableaux.'
Lars Ring, Svenska Dagbladet

About the production

Several reviewers felt that Bergman saw more human depth in the story of Yvonne and the prince than Gombrowicz' text suggested. Much critical attention focussed on the theatricality of the performance and on Bergman's rapport with the actors.

It is obvious that Ingmar Bergman does something remarkable with the actors, releases their love to work and their confidence. It is an art that has to do with charisma, inspiration, and experience, and it can probably not be written down in a book of rules for future directors. But there is no better theatre being practiced in Sweden, perhaps not the world.

At the beginning of The Royal Dramatic Theatre's 1995-96 season, Bergman announced his decision to retire. Several critics expressed their doubts. One reviewer who had belonged to the 'anti-Bergman' group of the '60s concluded, 'This superb creativity and artistic power that he shows in Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy cannot simply be shut off. It would appear like a pure act of revenge against those of us who have not always been appreciative and impressed enough. We shall miss him forever'.


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


  • Nadja Weiss, Yvonne
  • Erland Josephson, The king
  • Kristina Adolphson, The queen
  • Pontus Gustafsson, The prince
  • Ingvar Kjellson, The cardinal
  • Gunnel Fred, Iza
  • Benny Haag, Cyril
  • Pierre Wilkner
  • Gerd Hagman, Amalia
  • Monica Nielsen, Emila
  • Johan Lindell, Inocent
  • Sven Lindberg, Valentin
  • Olof Willgren, The beggar
  • Sten Johan Hedman, The marshall
  • Sten Ljunggren, The judge
  • Magnus Ehrner
  • Johan Björck, The admiral
  • Ingrid Boström
  • Kristina Törnqvist
  • Maria Bonnevie
  • Kicki Bramberg, The countess
  • Ingar Sigvardsdotter
  • Lars Andersson
  • Rickard Gustafsson
  • Peter Kleve, Props
  • Ulla Åberg, Dramaturgy
  • Bengt Wanselius, Stills photographer
  • Witold Gombrowicz, Author
  • Tomas Wennerberg, Stage manager
  • Donya Feuer, Choreography
  • Göran Wassberg, Costume design
  • Jan-Eric Piper, Sound
  • Hans Åkesson, Lightning
  • Jean Billgren, Musical arrangement
  • Leif Qviström, Make-up and wigs
  • Barbro Holmbring, Make-up and wigs
  • Rolf Linder, Make-up and wigs
  • Sofi Lerström, Producer
  • Ingmar Bergman, Director
  • Antonia Pyk, Assistant director
  • Stefan Lundgren, Props
  • Bengt Larsson, Master carpenter
  • Kajsa Larsson, Assistant designer
  • Hanna Pauli, Prompter
  • Mira Teeman, Translation