New premiere for the success show Ritter, Dene, Voss

By on August 2, 2018

Gunnel Lindblom’s set of Thomas Bernhard’s drastically humourous Ritter, Dene, Voss had premier at the Lejonkulan in 2016 and played for sold out houses. Now it resets and moves to the small stage. In the roles we see Stina Ekblad and Irene Lindh as two please sick sisters to a famous philosopher, portrayed by Staffan Göthe. Newly premiere September 22nd.

Ritter, Dene, Voss is a drastic, funny and bizarre dark play by Austrian Thomas Bernhard. At the 1986 premiere, the three roles of actors Ilse Ritter, Kirsten Dene and Gert Voss were played – hence the title.

The sisters are actresses who, thanks to a majority ownership in one of Vienna’s major theaters, only play when they themselves desire. The brother Ludwig (Staffan Göthe) is a famous philosopher, just returned from the psychiatric hospital Steinhof.

The “healthy” sister (Stina Ekblad) drowns him into care and jam donuts until he explodes in evil truths about the sisters, their father industrial magnate, bad portrait painter, theatrical art and much more. He is as astute as toxic. The “unhealthy” sister (Irene Lindh) is listening amused, while reading her magazine and filling her wine glasses.

Gunnel Lindblom directed debut at Dramaten 1973, and since then has directed some 20 sets. Most recently, Samhällets stöttepelare by Henrik Ibsen. She is also known as actor (including in a series of Ingmar Bergman films).

“Masterly – it’s a lisa for the soul” wrote Expressen after the premiere on January 6, 2016.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm