Full casting – including Penelope Wilton – is announced today for the new stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman‘s 1982 Swedish drama film Fanny & Alexander, which runs at London’s Old Vic Theatre from 21 February to 14 April 2018, with a press night on 1 March.
‘There should be no shame in us taking pleasure in our little lives.’
Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, siblings Fanny and Alexander’s world is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop. As creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity in this magical study of childhood, family and love.
Wilton is joined in the cast by: 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, Gary MacKay, Gloria Obianyo (Petra Ekdahl/Pauline/Ismael Retzinsky), Vivian Oparah (Maj), Michael Pennington (Isak Jacobi/Death), Hannah James Scott, Jonathan Slinger (Gustav Adolf Ekdahl), Catherine Walker (Emilie Ekdahl) and 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.
Penelope Wilton plays Mrs Helena Ekdahl. Her extensive theatre credits include Taken at Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket/Chichester Festival Theatre) for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2015, Delicate Balance, Heartbreak House, The Deep Blue Sea (Almeida), The Family Reunion, The Chalk Garden – winning her the London Evening Standard Award Best Actress in 2008, John Gabriel Borkman, Little Foxes (Donmar Warehouse), The House of Bernarda Alba, Tess, Piano, The Secret Rapture, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, Man and Superman, Betrayal, The Philanderer, Sisterly Feelings, Landscape (National Theatre), Hamlet, Tishoo (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Women Beware Women (RSC Swan Theatre). Television includes Brief Encounters, Downton Abbey, Miss Marple: They do it with Mirrors, South Riding, Doctor Who, The Passion, Five Days, The Whistle-Blower, Wives and Daughters, Half Broken Things, Celebration, Ever Decreasing Circles. Film work includes Guernsey, Zoo, The BFG, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Belle, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The History Boys, Pride and Prejudice and Shaun of the Dead.
Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny and Alexander is adapted for the stage by BAFTA award-winning writer Stephen Beresford and directed by Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster. The production is designed by Tom Pye, with costumes by Laura Hopkins, music by Alex Baranowski, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Tom Gibbons, movement by Toby Sedgwick and illusion by Ben Hart.