Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterful family chronicle, Fanny & Alexander, comes to the London stage in an adaptation from BAFTA-winning writer Stephen Beresford and Associate Director of The Old Vic, Max Webster.
This chillingly beautiful tale comes as part of The Old Vic's bicentenary season, celebrating the theatre's 200th birthday in May.
Ages 14+: This production contains explicit language and scenes of violence.
Penelope Wilton - Mrs. Helena Ekdahl
Thomas Arnold - Carl Ekdahl/Mr. Landhal
Lolita Chakrabarti - Alma Ekdahl/Helena Vergérus
Kevin Doyle - Bishop Edvard Vergérus
Karina Fernandez - Lydia Ekdahl/Justina
Annie Firbank - Vega/Blenda Vergérus
Matt Gavan - Michael Bergman/Aron Retzinsky
Tim Lewis - Ensemble
Gary MacKay - Ensemble
Gloria Obianyo - Petra Ekdahl/Pauline/Ismael Retzinsky
Vivian Oparah - Maj
Michael Pennington - Isak Jacobi/Death
Hannah James Scott - Ensemble
Jonathan Slinger - Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Catherine Walker - Emilie Ekdahl
Sargon Yelda - Oscar Ekdahl
The role of Fanny will be played by Zaris Angel Hator, Amy Jayne Leigh, Molly Shenker and Katie Simons, and the role of Alexander will be played by Guillermo Bedward, Kit Connor, Jack Falk and Misha Handley, who will alternate performances.
Set in Sweden during the 1900s, Fanny & Alexander is the story of Emilie Ekdahl, whose world is turned upside down when she is suddenly widowed.
Emilie remarries and moves into the house of her new husband, local bishop Edvard Vergérus, with her children Fanny and Alexander. Edvard’s stern principles make for a hostile home-life. The relationship between Alexander and Edvard is especially difficult as the rigid orthodoxy of the bishop clashes with the young boy’s imaginative will to invent stories.
Edvard’s treatment of her children lead the pregnant Emilie to ask for a divorce. Edvard refuses; she may leave but legally it will be considered desertion, placing Fanny and Alexander, and her unborn child, in the bishop's care.
Faced with such a dilemma, can Emilie rectify the mistake of marrying Edvard and will the Ekdahl family be able to find happiness once again?
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Tuesday 27 March 2018 - Audio Described Performance - 7pm
Thursday 29 March 2018 - Captioned Performance - 7pm
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