“Dramatic, yet humaristic and ultimately – horrific!”
The Sunday Times

Bastard, a family chronicle by Richard LaGravenese and Gisli Örn Gardarsson

A Vesturport, Malmö Stadsteater, Theater Far302 and The Reykjavik City Theatre production
Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson

BASTARD is a story dealing with a dysfunctional family. A tale of a father, his four sons and their partners. The sons are not close to their father even so, after many years of separation, they receive an invitation to his upcoming wedding. The father has an eerie effect on his surroundings and the reunion becomes increasingly disturbing. The famous Danish actor Waage Sandø plays the leading role with an inspired malice and intensity.

The production is directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson. Börkur Jónsson is the set designer. BASTARD – a family chronicle is written by American screenwriter Richard La Gravanese in collaboration with Gardarsson. This is Richard La Gravanese’s full length theatre debut! La Gravanese is recognized for moviescripts such as; Bridges of Madison County, The Horse Whisperer, Oscar-nominated The Fisher King and recently; Water for Elephants.

The production is inspired by Dostoyevsky’s the Brothers Karamazov. The music is composed by the internationally acclaimed Danish-Swedish music-duo Cæcilie Norby and Lars Danielsson, who will perform live on stage. The couple is composing music for the stage as an integrated part of the narrative for the first time. This collaboration uniquely brings together Nordic theatre with the utmost talents within Danish jazz.

Running time: 3 hours with interval


Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Víkingur Kristjánsson
Jóhannes Níels Sigurðsson
Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir
Ellen Fosti
Fredrik Gunnarson
Hakan Paaske
Pia Örjansdotter
Birgitte Prins
Charlotte E. Munksgaard
Pauli Ryberg
Waage Sando

Creative team

Directed by
Gisli Örn Gardarsson

Written by
Richard LaGravenese
Gisli Örn Gardarsson

Set Designer
Borkur Jonsson

Costume Designer
Maria Gyllenhoff

Carina Persson

Cæcilie Norby
Lars Danielsson

Dyri Jonsson


Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik City Theatre
Reykjavik Art Festival Premiere 1st and 2nd June 2012

Malmö, Sweden
Malmö Stadsteater
Premiere 28th July – 19th August 2012 in Mölleplatsen

Copenhagen, Denmark
Teater Faar302
Premiere 7th – 23rd September 2012 in Fælledparken

Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik City Theatre
Premiere 27th October 2012