Lena Olin to the Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre

By on March 8, 2017

The director Tommy Berggren sets up Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Lena Olin, Peter Andersson, Henrik Norlén and Josefin Ljungman in the roles. The play is one of the great modern classics. Premiere September 29 on Klarascenen.

Tommy Berggren played himself in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf when it had Europe premiere at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1963, directed by Ingmar Bergman. The rest of the ensemble was Georg Rydeberg, Karin Kavli and Bibi Andersson.

– I recall with great pleasure the play and set. It was my first collaboration with Ingmar Bergman and the cast was a dream. This is also the case when I now shall direct it at Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre, says Tommy Berggren.

Lena Olin, who has had great success as a film actor in recent years, is looking forward to standing on a Swedish theater back in the fall of 2017. Rehearsals begin during the spring.

– I have not played at the theater for over 25 years, so it is with mixture of terror great delight I look forward to this. Both Tommy Berggren and Peter Anderson is intimately intertwined with the beginning of my career. I have deep respect for them both. They have known me since I was a teenager. When we met to talk about the project felt everything obvious and pleasurable, says Lena Olin.

– It is a privilege that Lena Olin chose to make her comeback at an Swedish theater and here at Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre. It is Tommy Berggren’s earnings,
says Anna Takanen, theater and performing arts director at Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre.

– It was all about timing – we have created a special game period, so it is possible for Lena to be with. We put it up on the intimate Klarascenen that allows for great acting close up. There will be a limited number of tickets for this exclusive context, she says.

Lena Olin was employed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre after graduation, where she soon got heavy roles in Ingmar Bergman’s sets of King Lear and A Dream Play. In her international career, she has been nominated for several awards, including the Golden Globe for The Unbearable Lightness and an Oscar nomination for the role in Enemies. In 1980 she received the Ingmar Bergman Prize. Olin has also participated in the films Chocolat, Casanova and The Hypnotist that her husband Lasse Hallström directed. She recently starred in the Swedish TV series Welcome to Sweden, which also aired on American NBC.

Tommy Berggren has had a long and very successful acting career. He devotes himself nowadays to theater director and has several acclaimed productions behind. His first set as a director at the Stockholm City Theatre was Fastighetsskötaren in 2001. Since 2008, he has made a set per annum, often something of Beckett or Pinter, such as I väntan på Godot and Hemkomsten, all large audience and critics successes.

Peter Andersson has made several acclaimed performances in Tommy Berggren’s acclaimed Beckett- and Pinter sets, like I väntan på Godot, Slutspel, Födelsedagskalaset and Fastighetsskötaren. He is a multi-award Guldbagge-nominated and is recognized from plays by Lars Norén and from Millennium trilogy.

Henrik Norlén has made a number of roles at Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre, the latest role as Nathaniel in the play of Ayn Rand, Du ska veta mitt värde. On television and film, we have, among other things seen him in Hotell, Återträffen, En pilgrim’s död, Fjärde mannen, Min lilla syster and Stockholm östra to name a few.

Josefin Ljungman had her breakthrough in 2008 as Hedwig at the Stockholm City Theatre in Ibsen’s Vildanden, directed by Tommy Berggren. She is, among other things known from movies like Himlen är oskyldigt blå and Mig älskar ingen.

Photographer: Henrik Montgomery / Matilda Rahm. The picture is a montage.

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