‘Wallander’ has his West End debut

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.

Doktor Glas Krister Henriksson

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  1. I was soo looking forward to seeing this play in London. Being a great fan of the book.
    Sadly I will no longer be able to. Look forward to seeing what the critics think of it. Anyone going; worth reading the book first. It exists in several English translations.

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