Fanny & Alexander
Old Vic Theatre, London
Fanny & Alexander - Old Vic Theatre, London
Age Restriction: Adolescents under 14 will not be admitted
Important Information: This production contains explicit language and scenes of violence that some may find upsetting
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Ingmar Bergman is highly regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, putting together some iconic masterpieces during an impressive career, from The Seventh Seal to Wild Strawberries.
But one of his most famous takes the form of Fanny & Alexander, the 1982 film that has fans around the world, and it is this work that will be given new life in 2018 as it lands on the stage of the Old Vic Theatre.
Adapted by Stephen Beresford and directed by Max Webster, Fanny & Alexander will introduce a new generation of audiences to the memorable characters and their compelling interactions, once again demonstrating how this work remains so essential more than three decades since it was first produced.
Its story introduces us to the title characters in a fictional town of turn-of-the-20th-century Sweden. They are siblings who have lost their father and their mother is taking on the next step in her life by marrying someone new. But this new person in her life belongs to the church, creating a culture clash that could turn Fanny and Alexander’s world upside down.
The ambitious and compelling text exists in many forms and many versions of differing lengths have existed over the decades, with one version more than five hours long. Now, however, we can add a stage version to this and this means that some enormously talented individuals have been brought into the mix to bring it to life.
Stephen Beresford is one of them, a writer who has earned awards and nominations for the stage and screen. The other, of course, is Max Webster, a practitioner who has tackled some acclaimed shows over the years, including previous productions at the Old Vic such as 2017’s Cover My Tracks and 2015’s The Lorax, and has also helmed shows at regional theatres in other parts of the United Kingdom.
But now his work appears at the Old Vic Theatre once again as Fanny & Alexander joins shows like A Monster Calls and Sylvia for an anticipated 2018 season. The Ingmar Bergman adaptation runs at the Old Vic from Wednesday 21st February 2018.
Show & Venue InformationOld Vic Theatre
The Cut, Waterloo Road
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Saturday, 14 April 2018
running time: 3 hours 30 minutes, including two 15 minute intervals