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Doktor Glas - Krister Henriksson makes W/E debut

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

KRISTER Henriksson, Wallander in Henning Mankell’s widely praised Swedish TV series, will make his West End debut in Doktor Glas, which transfers to London following its acclaimed run at Sweden’s National Theatre.

Adapted by Allan Edwall from the classic novel by Hjalmer Söderberg and performed in its original Swedish with English surtitles, Doktor Glas will run at Wyndham’s Theatre from April 16 to May 11, 2013.

Doktor Glas tells the story of a 19th century physician who falls madly in love with the beautiful young wife of a corrupt clergyman. When she confides in him that her marriage is making her miserable, he agrees to help in whatever way he can.

Soon Doktor Glas finds himself torn between his passion and his morality, and drives the play towards its shocking climax.

A one-man play, Doktor Glas premiered at the Vasateatern Theatre in the autumn of 2006, where it played to sold out houses before touring Sweden with the National Theatre. Since then, it has sold out several short runs at the Dramaten Theatre in Stockholm.

One of Sweden’s most highly respected and admired actors, Krister Henriksson made his breakthrough at the Stockholm City Theatre in the lead role of Peer Gynt. He has played a string of major roles on the world’s most respected stages, and has performed in plays by Shakespeare, Beckett, Strindberg, Ibsen, Miller, Pinter and Noren.

At the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern), he was directed by Ingmar Bergman in A Winter’s Tale and was subsequently handpicked by Bergman for the role of the young Bergman in Liv Ullman’s film Faithless (Trolösa), which was based on Bergman’s manuscript.

In his native Sweden and across the world, Henriksson is best known for his role in the TV adaptation of Henning Mankell’s police drama Wallander. The grittiness of his performance has won him plaudits from critics across the globe and has spawned the British remake starring Kenneth Branagh.

He has also won rave reviews for his stage portrayal in Doktor Glas, which has toured extensively around Sweden and other Nordic countries.

Presented by Martin Witts for London International Arts Theatre and Tåbb AB, Doktor Glas will be directed by Peder Bjurman and Krister Henriksson, with set design by Pedar Bjurman, lighting by Linus Fellbom, musical direction by Leif Jordansson, costume by Karin Hoeg and wig and makeup by Sofia Ranow Boix-Vives.

Tickets: £65, £49.50, £35, £20, £15 and £10 – available from September 24, 2012, from the box office on 0844 4825120 or online at www.drglas.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, matinees: Wednesday at 2.30pm and Saturday at 5pm.

Running Time: 90minutes (without interval).