JANE EYRE (2009)

ROLE: Edward Rochester

THEATRE: Royal Dramatic Theatre

DIRECTOR: Ellen Lamm

DATE: November 28, 2009 - March 19, 2010


Raised by her aunt after her parents die of typhus, young Jane Eyre  is shipped off to a stark boarding school as the result of her perceived insolence, and suffers greatly at the hands of the cold, unusually strict administration. Upon turning 18 and completing her education, Jane finds work as a governess for Adèle Varens, the ward of Edward Fairfax Rochester, master of Thornfield Hall. It doesn't take long for the young Adèle to warm to Jane, and upon returning home Rochester too falls under the spell of his modest yet captivating governess. Later, he ends his courtship with the beautiful Blanche Ingram in favor of proposing to Jane, who excitedly accepts. On what was supposed to be the happiest day of Jane's life, however, a scandalous secret is revealed.

Play Details

Julia Dufvenius - Jane Eyre
Michael Nyqvist - Edward Rochester
Basia Frydman - Adéle

Remaining cast:
Thérèse Brunnander. Nadja Weiss, Björn Granath. Pontus Gustafsson, Kicki Bramberg and Hulda Lind Jóhannisdóttir

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Director: Ellen Lamm
Play written by Martina Montelius
Based on the book by Charlotte Bronte
Set design: Magdalena Åberg
Light: Magnus Kjellberg
Costumes: Magdalena Åberg
Music: Ivan Monthan and Hanna Stenlund Monthan
Mask: and wig: Lena Bouic-Wrange, Thea Holmberg Kristensen

2 hours. 45 minutes

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Theatre criticism:

"It is beautiful and moody on stage. And there are beautiful scenes between Dufvenius' Jane and Michael Nyqvist's Rochester...  Of a classical novel, a historic soap opera, skillfully staged, is superbly played."    ...Curt Bladh, Sundsvall Tidning

Julia Dufvenius as a proud and ignorant Jane - absolutely convincing. Michael Nyqvist's Rochester, is he not too much the staggering, scary, terrific Nyqvist? Not really. And he gets help from tweedrock and riding boots. Everyone is good...  And Martina Montelius has made low-poetic, sharp dialogue of Gun-Britt Sundström's translation. It bounces gymnastically between the uneven love couple."   ...Nina Lekander, Expressen.se

"The center is, of course, the odd couple - Eyre and Rochester. And Michael Nyqvist is cut out for the role of the Lord. The highly- polished riding boots and jacket fit like a glove."  Ylva Lagercrantz, nummer.se

"Julia Dufvenius is passionate with strong integrity. Such a woman scares and threatens the hierarchy at Thornfield... Mr. Rochester suffers from love for Jane despite her annoying habits to question him. Michael Nyqvist makes a dimmed Rochester but with an inherent fire that is revealed step by step. Nyqvist is excellent as a square upper class who also seems to be socially disabled and unable to think in other ways than their own. His paternity to Jane is a wonderful affectionate scene... 'Jane Eyre' is a play that transcends over 160 years - from novel to theater - through high-level acting."  ...Sthig Jonasson, drama critic

"Michael Nyqvist plays Mr. Rochester, and we get a reminder of what a good actor he is. It seems that director Ellen Lamm has kept him on a short leash and cleared his mannerisms, making him unusually interesting and powerful."   ...Sara Granath, SVD.se