Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny & Alexander is adapted for the stage in a gripping new play from BAFTA Award-winning writer Stephen Beresford and the Old Vic’s Associate Director Max Webster. Marking the opening of the highly anticipated 2018 Old Vic Season, the production is followed by Mood Music, A Monster Calls and Sylvia.
Taking place in 1900’s Sweden, Fanny & Alexander is the story of two siblings whose lives are turned upside down when their mother marries a strong-willed local bishop. Set against the backdrop of gilded romance and faded glamour, the tale sees different views collide, as creativity and freedom come head to head with rigid orthodoxy and rules. Soon, a war is born between imagination and austerity.
A thrilling and magical study of childhood, family and love, the play is based on the well-known 1982 screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, which received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Further films from the celebrated creative include Through a Glass Darkly, The Best Intentions and Faithless.
Max Webster directs the play, with other Old Vic credits including the recent Cover My Tracks and Dr Seuss’s The Lorax. Further directing credits include the acclaimed adapted of The Twits at Northampton Royal & Derngate, as well as Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear.
Award-winning actress Penelope Wilton stars as Mrs Helena Ekdahl, alongside Michael Pennington as Isak Jacobi/Death, Jonathan Slinger as Gustav Adolf Ekdahl, Catherine Walker as Emilie Ekdahl and Lolita Chakrabarti as Alma Ekdahl/Helena Vergerus. Additional casting includes Thomas Arnold as Carl Ekdahl/Mr Landhal, Kevin Doyle as Bishop Edvard Vergerus, Karina Fernandez as Lydia Ekdahl/Justina, Annie Firbank as Vega/Blenda Vergerus, Matt Gavin as Michael Bergman/Aron Retzinsky, Gloria Obianyo as Petra Ekdahl/Pauline/Ismael Retzinsky, Vivian Oparah as Maj and Sargon Yelda as Oscar Ekdhl.
Further casting includes ensemble members Tim Lewis, Hannah James Scott and Gary Mackay, with the role of Fanny alternated by Zaris Angel Hator, Amy Jayne Leigh, Molly Shenker and Katie Simons, and the role of Alexander alternated by Guillermo Bedward, Kit Connor, Jack Falk and Misha Handley.
Fanny & Alexander features set design by Tom Pye, costume design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Tom Gibbons and movement direction by Toby Sedgwick, with compositions by Alex Baranowski and illusions by Ben Hart. Casting is yet to be announced.
The production plays at London’s Old Vic Theatre as part of their 2018 season, running from 21 February to 14 April 2018, with a press night on 1 March 2018.
Recommended forFans of the original 1982 should take the time to visit the Old Vic, to watch a gripping stage adaptation of the well-known masterpiece.
Age Recommendations: Suitable for 16+