I loved precisely Persona’s sense of oddness, it’s sense of non-Englishness, Krige’s subtlety and wonder, Mngcwengi’s unspoken defiance and calmness.
Find out what critics made of this stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film, Persona, officially reopening the Riverside Studios.
While I can fully imagine Persona working on film – indeed it seems to be generally hailed as a masterpiece – on stage I fear it fares less well.
Actress Alice Krige spoke to Emma Clarendon about starring in the stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film at the Riverside Studios.
Olivier Award winner Alice Krige, Nobuhle Ketelo, Paul Schoolman and William Close and his Earth Harp will star in the world premiere of a new stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, the opening production of Riverside Studios.
Fancy three and a half hours of Ingmar Bergman? At least the Old Vic’s seats are comfortable for Fanny and Alexander with a marvellous Penelope Wilton.
It may be better not to have seen the movie Fanny & Alexander. Coming to the stage version untainted you’ll have a stronger chance to enjoy an exuberant energy and ribald theatricality that doesn’t really characterise Bergman films.
Having excavated Visconti (Ossessione), Ivo van Hove has now moved on to Ingmar Bergman. Much as I admire van Hove – and I do – I am a little perplexed as to why he’s involved himself quite so much in transferring the inscrutable into the literal.