Casting has been announced for The Old Vic's production of Fanny & Alexander, directed by Max Webster. Fanny & Alexander will be part of The Old Vic's bicentenary season, celebrating the theatre's 200th birthday in May 2018. The season also includes A Christmas Carol, The Divide, Mood Music, A Monster Calls and Sylvia. The cast for Fanny & Alexander includes: Penelope Wilton - 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
In the same week that a straight stage version of Harold & Maude came to Charing Cross Theatre, it's interesting that another cult film, Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical 1982 Swedish Oscar winner Fanny and Alexander, should reach the London stage, too. (Not to mention the return next week of Emma Rice's stage version of Brief Encounter to London).