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Casting for The Old Vic's Fanny & Alexander includes Penelope Wilton as Mrs Helena Ekdahl

Penelope Wilton

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the stage adaptation of legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny & Alexander, which runs at The Old Vic from February 21 to April 14, 2018.

The line up includes Penelope Wilton (as Mrs Helena Ekdahl), Thomas Arnold (Carl Ekdahl/Mr Landhal), Lolita Chakrabarti (Alma Ekdahl/Helena Vergérus), Kevin Doyle (Bishop Edvard Vergérus), Karina Fernandez (Lydia Ekdahl/Justina), Annie Firbank (Vega/Blenda Vergérus), Matt Gavan (Michael Bergman/Aron Retzinsky), Gloria Obianyo (Petra Ekdahl/Pauline/Ismael Retzinsky), Vivian Oparah ( Maj), Michael Pennington (Isak Jacobi/Death), Jonathan Slinger (Gustav Adolf Ekdahl), Catherine Walker (Emilie Ekdahl) and Sargon Yelda (Oscar Ekdahl).

Ensemble members are Tim Lewis, Gary MacKay and Hannah James Scott.

The role of Fanny will be played by Zaris Angel Hator, Amy Jayne Leigh, Molly Shenker and Katie Simons, and the role of Alexander will be played by Guillermo Bedward, Kit Connor, Jack Falk and Misha Handley, who will alternate performances.

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

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.

Adapted by Stephen Beresford and directed by Max Webster, Fanny & Alexander has set design by Tom Pye, costume design by Laura Hopkin, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Tom Gibbons, movement direction by Toby Sedgwick and illusion by Ben Hart. Composer is Alex Baranowski and Baylis Assistant Director is Tatty Hennessey.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit www.oldvictheatre.com/.

Also at The Old Vic: Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge (until January 20, 2018) and Alan Ayckbourn’s new play The Divide (February 1 to February 10, 2018).