Scenes from a Marriage

Digital version

Scenes from a Marriage. Digital version (2020) was a digital theatre production by Rogaland TheatreScenes from a Marriage was based on a play and a TV series by Ingmar Bergman, in a Norwegian version by Arne Lygre. The digital version was a live-streamed recording of the theatre production Scenes from a Marriage from 2019. The production was performed live at Rogaland Theatre's main stage, without an audience in the auditorium. The recording was broadcast live at Rogaland Theatre's Facebook site and at April 17 2020, during the corona crisis. The production was only available during the live broadcast. The access was free, but with the opportunity to donate money to the theatre via the payment app Vipps.

The theatre production was directed by Kjersti Horn. She was nominated for The Hedda Award 2019 for her work on the stage version of Scenes from a Marriage and for Will and Testament, The National Stage.

Nina Ellen Ødegård and Anders Dale played the married couple Marianne and Johan. Ødegård was nominated for The Hedda Award 2019 in the best leading actress category for the role in the staged version of the production. Ødegård and Dale are also married in real life, and as such, they were exempt from the distance restrictions valid in Norwegian theatre at the time of the broadcast, due to the Corona virus.


(Objekt ID 99421)
Object type Production
Premiere April 17, 2020
Produced by Rogaland Theatre
Based on Scenes from a Marriage by Ingmar Bergman
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Drama, Video, Digital production, Corona-production
Running period April 17, 2020  
Duration 2 hours, 40 minutes, no interval
Website facebook, ROGALAND TEATER, Stavanger Aftenblad, Aftenposten

At the webpage of Rogaland Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Scenes from a Marriage:

"Chock-full of wisdom from life lived, and with not insignificant experience (Bergman was divorced four times), Ingmar Bergman confronted the relationship between husband and wife in 1973, in Scenes from a Marriage. The TV series became an unexpected success when people all over the world, married and unmarried, recognised themselves in the situation of the married couple Marianne and Johan.

This spring, director Kjersti Horn brings this legendary TV series to the stage. Nina Ellen Ødegård and Anders Dale play the roles Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson interpreted in the TV version. Alone onstage, in close interaction, the two actors bring us along, as the seemingly happy marriage between Marianne and Johan is dissolved.

Marriage problems is the basis of many stories. In Scenes from a Marriage, Ingmar Bergman goes to the core of it. With an arsonist's eagerness he throws in abortion, infidelity, lies, alcohol, fighting - so that it burns hot and well with all imaginable human weaknesses at the bottom of it: Jealousy, inferiority complexes, egotism, bitterness, pretentiousness and so on. In short: Everything that excites us in life.

The story is at least as strong today as it was 45 years ago, perhaps particularly because marriage has, in public discussion, regained some of its lost shimmer. It might be a bit clichéd to say that the contemporary spirit has regained its faith in love, but in Arne Lygre's version of this play, it is at least brutally in contact with reality."


Import from the list of openings 19.03.2019

Rogaland Theatre,, 19.03.2019,

The Hedda Award,, 16.10.19,

Facebook,, 29.04.2020,

Contributors (14)
Name Role
Ingmar Bergman – Playwright
Kjersti Horn – Direction
Erik Hedin – Composer
Sven Haraldsson – Stage design
Sven Haraldsson – Costume design
Erik Hedin – Sound design
Trygve Andersen – Lighting design
Anders Dale – Actor (Johan)
Nina Ellen Ødegård – Actor (Marianne)
Arthur Kay Piene – Musician (pianist i lydstudio)
Jill Tonje Holter – Makeup
Stig Håvard Dirdal – Photo
Nils Wingerei – Sound technician (i studio)
Jens Løvaas – Technician (AV-tekniker)
Performance dates
April 17, 2020Facebook Opening night