Strindberg and the Theatre

  • Margery Morgan
Part of the Macmillan Modern Dramatists book series (MD)


In 1949, Michael Redgrave, then playing in Strindberg’s The Father, made a ceremonial river journey to Gravesend, bearing a commemorative plaque. It was the centenary of August Strindberg’s birth, and the plaque acknowledged that Sweden’s great dramatist had arrived in London via a sea-crossing to Gravesend, in 1893, with his second wife, the Austrian Frida Uhl. Financially desperate, they had come over in response to signs of interest in his works, with over-sanguine hopes that England could become the scene of a Strindberg theatre.1


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    A. A. Grein (Michael Orme), J. T. Grein (London: John Murray, 1936), pp. 127–9, 131, supplements information in Frida Strindberg, Marriage with Genius (London: Cape, 1937) and Uddgren, Strindberg the Man, p. 62.Google Scholar
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    For more complete accounts, see Margery M. Morgan, ‘Strindberg in England: A Checklist of Productions’, Theatre Notebook xvii (1962), pp. 79–83 andGoogle Scholar
  3. E. H. Rapp, ‘Strindberg’s Reception in England and America’, Scandinavian Studies XXIII (1951), pp. 1–22, 49–59, 109–37.Google Scholar
  4. Gunnar Ollén, Strindbergs Dramatik (Stockholm: Sveriges Radios Förlag, 4th edn., 1982) is the main source of information on Strindberg productions worldwide.Google Scholar
  5. 4.
    Winifred Loraine, Robert Loraine (London: Collins, 1938), p. 326.Google Scholar
  6. 11.
    The fullest account of Vahtangov’s work is given in Boris Zakhava, Evguéni Vahtangov et son École (Moscow: Aurora, 1973); a photograph of M. Chekhov as Erik is included with the account inGoogle Scholar
  7. Marc Slonim, Russian Theatre (London: Methuen, 1963), pp. 267–8.Google Scholar
  8. 12.
    F. and L.-L. Marker, The Scandinavian Theatre (Oxford: Blackwell, 1975), pp. 213–17.Google Scholar
  9. 13.
    Alf Sjöberg, Teater som Besvärjelse, ed. S. R. Ek et al. Dramatens skriftserie no. 4 (Stockholm: Norstedt, 1982).Google Scholar

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© Margery Morgan 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margery Morgan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LancasterUK

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