‘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

Booking Information

Recommended for Ages 14+. Production contains explicit language and violence


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

Additional Details & FAQ

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after booking. 

How Does It Work

Please print confirmation and bring along with you to your performance. 

Suitable For Children

Age Guidance: 16+ years

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic 

The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8NB


4.6(41 reviews)
  • Richter

    Apr 30, 2018

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

  • Chris

    Apr 14, 2018

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

  • D

    Apr 12, 2018

    Terrific performances from the cast. Thoroughly enjoyabl

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