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Fanny & Alexander

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Renowned filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's magical masterpiece Fanny & Alexander receives its world stage premiere at The Old Vic in a new translation by BAFTA Award-winning writer Stephen Beresford. Read More >

Renowned filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s magical masterpiece Fanny & Alexander receives its world stage premiere at The Old Vic in a new translation by BAFTA Award-winning writer Stephen Beresford.

Opening as part of The Old Vic’s bicentenary season, Fanny & Alexander welcomes audiences to a fictional town in 1900s Sweden, a land of gilded romance and glamour in which siblings Fanny and Alexander reside.

But the duo’s world is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop, and as creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity – and for Fanny & Alexander, between a lavish, joyful, playful life… and the severe punishments meted out to them by their callous new stepfather.

Penelope Wilton (Taken At Midnight, West End – Olivier Award for Best Actress) leads a starry cast as Mrs Helena Ekdahl, with Jonathan Slinger (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, West End)  as Gustav Adolf Ekdahl, Lolita Chakrabarti (Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company) as Almda Ekdahl/Helena Vergérus, and Kevin Doyle (NSFW – Royal Court) playing Bishop Edvard Vergérus.

The role of Fanny will be played by young cast members 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.

Ingmar Bergman’s original film of Fanny & Alexander was released in 1982, and is widely regarded as an epic masterpiece, winning four Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film, as well as the equivalent Golden Globe Award. Shot on location in Uppsala, Sweden, the film has since been seen in cinemas around the world.

Now, directed by Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster, Fanny & Alexander promises a magical study of childhood, family and love, bringing the immortal film to the London theatre stage for the first time.

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Age Recommendation: 14+. This production contains explicit language and scenes of violence that some may find upsetting.

Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 21/02/2018

Opening Night: 01/03/2018

Closing Night: 14/04/2018

Running time: 3h30, inc. 2 intervals

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative


Fanny - Zaris Angel Hator, Amy Jayne Leigh, Molly Shenker, Katie Simons

Alexander - Guillermo Bedward, Kit Connor, Jack Falk, Misha Handley

Mrs Helena Ekdahl - Penelope Wilton

Emilie Ekdahl - Catherine Walker

Bishop Edvard Vergérus - Kevin Doyle

Oscar Ekdahl - Sargon Yelda

Gustav Adolf Ekdahl - Jonathan Slinger

Alma Ekdahl/Helena Vergérus - Lolita Chakrabarti

Carl Ekdahl/Mr Landhal - Thomas Arnold

Lydia Ekdahl/Justina - Karina Fernandez

Vega/Blenda Vergérus - Annie Firbank

Michael Bergman/Aron Retzinsky - Matt Gavan

Petra Ekdahl/Pauline/Ismael Retzinsky - Gloria Obianyo

Maj - Vivian Oparah

Isak Jacobi/Death - Michael Pennington


Ensemble - Tim Lewis, Gary Mackay, Hannah James Scott



Director - Max Webster

Costume - Laura Hopkins

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Movement Director - Toby Sedgwick

Set Designer - Tom Pye

Sound - Tom Gibbons

Music By - Alex Baranowski

Assistant Director - Tatty Hennessey


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