About the show‘There should be no shame in us taking pleasure in our little lives.’
BAFTA Award-winning writer Stephen Beresford (Pride) adapts acclaimed filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny & Alexander for the stage. Playing at the Old Vic Theatre as part of their 2018 season, the piece is based on Bergman’s Academy Award-winning 1982 film of the same name.
Set against a destructive backdrop of fading romance and glamour, Fanny & Alexander is the story of two young siblings that takes place in 1900’s Sweden. When their widowed mother remarries, the pairs lives irreversibly change, as her husband of choice is a rigid local bishop.
Soon, creative freedom and unbending orthodoxy completely clash, and a war breaks out between childish imagination and adult austerity. A gripping and magical exploration of family, love and what it means to be a child, Fanny & Alexander is adapted from the original film that swiped the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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. The role of Fanny is alternated by Zaris Angel Hator, Amy Jayne Leigh, Molly Shenker and Katie Simons, and the role of Alexander is alternated by Guillermo Bedward, Kit Connor, Jack Falk and Misha Handley.
Further casting includes Thomas Arnold, Kevin Doyle, Karina Fernandez, Annie Firbank, Matt Gavin, Gloria Obianyo, Vivian Oparah and Sargon Yelda. Ensemble casting features Tim Lewis, Hannah James Scott and Gary Mackay.
Fanny & Alexander is directed by the Old Vic’s Associate Director Max Webster (Cover My Tracks, Dr Seuss’s The Lorax) and features set design by Tom Pye, costume design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Tom Gibbons. The production also includes movement director Toby Sedgwick, composer Alex Baranowski and illusionist Ben Hart. Casting for the show is yet to be announced.
Playing at the Old Vic as part of their 2018 season, the production is followed by new shows including Mood Music, A Monster Calls and Sylvia. Fanny & Alexander plays at the venue from February 21st to April 14th 2018, which an official opening on March 1st 2018.
Who Should See It?Those who are well-acquainted 1982 film should take a look at this stage adaptation, which is guaranteed to grip audiences.
Fanny & Alexander is suitable for those aged 16 and up.