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20 May - 03 June 2020

The Imaginary Invalid

Norwegian premiere
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​Unbridled satire about pills, enemas and diagnosis hysteria. 

​Argan is not feeling well. Those around him are not feeling too good either, surrounded as they are by his numerous pill bottles, stomach remedies and stories of disease. Fortunately, he has a daughter of marrying age, and with the prospect of getting a doctor as a son-in-law, Argan could not care less about who she really wants to marry. It is just so convenient to have someone with a prescription pad in the family.

Behind the scenes, his personal assistant is working hard to contain the damages caused by this colossal baby of a man. The despotic and hypochondriacal person who dominates his surroundings with bowel cleansings and multiple diseases is portrayed by Mikael Persbrandt. The director is Stefan Larsson, who next year takes the position of theatre director at Den Nationale Scene (The National Stage, Bergen). The two have collaborated on several occasions and made great success with Strindberg's Dødsdansen (The Dance of Death) during the Bergen International Festival three years ago.

In Bergen, Molière's wild comedy from 1673 becomes an obnoxiously funny confrontation with diagnosis hysteria and alternative medicine, and with what happens when you read the Encyclopedia of Common Diseases as if it were erotic literature.

'Persbrandt proves he is one of our greats' 

The Imaginary Invalid will be performed in Swedish.

Photo: Mattias Edwall



​2 h 30 min incl. interval


  • Standard: 450/550/630
  • Senior: 405/495/567
  • Under 30: 190
  • FiB Fordel until 11 March: 315/385/441
  • FiB Fordel from 12 March: 360/440/504

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​Performed in Swedish.


  • Stefan Larsson director
  • Jens Sethzman set, light,
  • Nina Sandström costumes 
  • Nathalie Pujol  make-up, hair
  • Mikael Berg assistant director 
  • David Nyström music, film
  • Sven-Åke Heed translation
  • Mikael Persbrandt, Petra Mede, Jessica Liedberg, Johan Wahlstrцm, Alexandra Zetterberg Ehn, Pelle Grytt cast


AS Bergen Theater and the Dramatic Society


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