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Fanny and Alexander

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Closed April 14, 2018

In celebrating the power of stagecraft, Beresford and Webster have made a truly effective slice of theatre.


Why See Fanny and Alexander?

The celebrated movie epic is made over for the London stage

This brand-new work sees the celebrated movie by Ingmar Bergman translated to the London stage by Stephen Beresford, and directed by Max Webster. Focusing on two siblings whose idyllic family existence is shattered with the death of their father, the titular pair and their loving mother have a struggle for happiness when she is forced to marry a strict bishop. A touching portrayal of family upheaval and the sanctity of childhood.

What is it about?

Based in early Edwardianer-era Sweden, the theater-based Ekdahls family lead a happy-go-lucky existence until patriarch Oscar dies suddenly from a stroke. Desperate to secure her children a comfortable upbringing, the siblings' mother Emillie decides to marry a wealthy local bishop, Edvar at his palatial estate.

However when they move in, Emillie's dreams of carrying on her comfortable life are shattered when the bishop reveals his totalitarian nature; frequently punishing Alexander for his youthful high spirits. After locking the children into their nursery, Edvar's actions pushes Emillie to act; one night she spirits the children away from the house and hides them with friends for their safety, all the while planning their flight from his control.

Edvar, furious at her actions, threatens his new wife and her children, promising to trail them throughout their lives and refusing to divorce her. In one last desperate act, Emillie drugs him with sleeping pills, setting in course a series of events that will affect them all for the future..

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Previews from: 21 February 2018

Opening night: 1 March 2018


Suitable for ages 10+

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Cast and Creative


Zaris Angel Hator, Amy Jayne Leigh, Molly Shenker and Katie Simons as Fanny (Alternating)
Guillermo Bedward, Kit Connor, Jack Falk and Misha Handley as Alexander (Alternating)
Penelope Wilton as Mrs Helena Ekdahl
Michael Pennington as Isak Jacobi/Death
Jonathan Slinger as Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Catherine Walker as Emilie Ekdahl
Lolita Chakrabarti as Alma Ekdahl/Helena Vergerus.
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
Sargon Yelda as Oscar Ekdhl

Tim Lewis, Hannah James Scott and Gary Mackay


Adapted by Stephen Beresford
Directed by Max Webster

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