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‘There should be no shame in us taking pleasure in our little lives.’

Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny & Alexander is translated to the stage by BAFTA award-winning writer Stephen Beresford and Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster.

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.

★★★★ ‘Penelope Wilton enchants’ - Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Stephen Beresford’s stage adaptation sheds new light on Bergman’s screen masterpiece’ - Financial Times

★★★★ ‘This is a feast of a show’ - The Independent

★★★★ ‘a…sumptuous feast’ - The Metro

★★★★ ‘Wilton is wonderfully funny’- The Observer

★★★★ ‘richly colourful and assured recreation, and a brave, unquestionable triumph for The Old Vic.’ - The Sunday Times

★★★★ ‘it’s possessed of a surging emotional swoop and visual audacity that bursts its way into your heart.’ - Time Out

★★★★ ‘It's impressive stuff and it's bolstered by exceptional performances’ - WhatsOnStage

Fanny & Alexander reviews

41 reviews
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30 Apr 2018

I was not well acquainted with this play but was thoroughly mesmerised by the whole performance

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14 Apr 2018

Fantastic unexpected play. I did not know the story. Very well crafted. The acting and ser were brilliant.

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12 Apr 2018

Terrific performances from the cast. Thoroughly enjoyabl

Rodney Pearson
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12 Apr 2018

Three and a half hours including two intervals about the troubles on an early 20th Century Swedish family may seem like a long haul but this was an utterly enthralling and absorbing story seen through a child's eyes of the issues faced by adults when 'bad things'happen. Although there are frictions below the surface, fundamentally the large and extended family in which young Alexander and Fanny live is a happy if chaotic one and the tensions that arise when their widowed mother re-marries a religious zealot lead to the tragic drama that follows. Exemplary acting from a cast of 18 led by Penelope Wilton, Michael Pennington, Jonathan Slinger and Kevin Doyle with a fluid set design and direction create superb piece of theatre.

Annelie Sernevall
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12 Apr 2018

Alexander was by far the best actor of the night. Fantastic scenography and an overall really good production. Really good interpretation and emphasis on Swedish traditions and particularly the importance of the food. Very good !


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Approx. running time: 3 hours 30 minutes, including two 15 minute intervals

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Suitable For Children

Age Guidance: 16+ years

When Can I Go

Wed 21 Feb – Sat 14 Apr 2018

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic 

The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB