The Idiot / Idioten

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The Idiot / Idioten / by Fyodor Dostoevsky / Directed by Mattias Andersson

Direction and adaptation
Mattias Andersson


Costume and set design
Ulla Kassius   


Light design
Charlie Åström


Costume and make up
Linda Hyllengren, Nathalie Pujol


Sound design and music
Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir


Emma Meyer-Duner


Benoît Malmberg


Good Feeling – Flo Rida / Girls Like Us – PINS / She's Lost Control – Grace Jones / Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor


David Dencik (Prinz Myshkin)
Carl Magnus Dellow (Ardalion)
Ardalan Esmaili (Ganja)
Ellen Jelinek (Varja)
Melinda Kinnaman (Adelaida)
Tanja Lorentzon (Aleksandra)
Per Mattsson (Totskij)
Marall Nasiri (Nastasia)
Marie Richardson (Lizavjeta)
Andreas Rothlin Svensson (Ivan)
Jennie Silfverhjelm (Aglaja)
Lil Terselius (Nina)
Björn Bengtsson (Rogozjin)
Alexej Manvelov (Ippolit)

and students from Sundbyberg Theater Studio

For the 200th anniversary of Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky’s birth, Lessingtage Digital is showing two very different adaptations of his novel “The Idiot”. The director and artistic director of Dramaten, Mattias Andersson, goes first with his modern and polyphonic interpretation, in which nobody can evade their personal responsibility.


Prince Myshkin is a kind-hearted person. He always thinks of the good of others, meets everyone with understanding. No wonder his surroundings are provoked. Is he in fact an idiot? Or does he have a hidden agenda? And is it really goodness to show generosity and to share, if you were born privileged?

Playwright and director Mattias Andersson take his starting point in Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel „The Idiot“ to examine the relevance of its ethical, political and existential issues in our time. With a polyphony of voices and texts from 1869 to today „The Idiot“ creates a performance work of art about the questions and provocation of goodness.


Dramaten, Stockholm, Sweden, Premiere 2015

in Swedish with English subtitles


duration 2:35h


January 22nd, 2021, 7pm (available until midnight) on

LT2021 Der Idiot - Dramaten Stockholm - Bonusmaterial
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