It is extremely unusual to see a play in London’s West End in Swedish with English sub-titles. Yet this is what will happen in April as Krister Henriksson, known best to us as the opera loving, diabetic detective Kurt Wallander, takes to the boards in a one man stage adaption of Hjalmar Söderberg’s hauntingly gripping novel, Doktor Glas. Set in early twentieth century Stockholm, the book tells the story of a young physician who falls obsessively in love with one of his patients, Helga, the local priest’s wife.
I saw Doktor Glas when it was showing at Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre, and Henriksson really is fabulous. He was on stage, without an interval, for just under an hour and a half in a highly demanding role and held the audience captivated throughout. The actor got a standing avation, and in Sweden (not a nation known for outward displays of wild enthusiasm), this really is high praise indeed. Henriksson was good as Wallander but is exceptional as Doktor Glas; see the play at Wyndham’s Theatre from 16th April to 11th May.