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Wallander's Krister Henriksson: 'I'd like to play King Lear'

When Wallander actor Krister Henriksson memorised a downbeat Swedish novel, he didn't expect his efforts to produce a theatre smash hit. He tells Laura Barnett about playing the West End, his Shakespeare ambitions – and Scandi-mania

Eight years ago, actor Krister Henriksson was living in a hotel in the Swedish fishing village of Ystad, filming Wallander, when he came up with a novel way of spending the evenings. Not for him a nightly trip to the hotel bar or gorging on room service. Instead, he decided to dedicate his free time to memorising Doktor Glas, an experimental 1905 novel by the Swedish writer Hjalmar Söderberg.

"If you're living in a hotel for one and a half years," Henriksson tells me in his near-fluent, gruffly accented English, "you grow fatter. In Sweden, we call it 'the hotel death'. I got scared – I thought: 'I have to save my life. I have to do something.
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Wallander actor's West End debut

Krister Henriksson is to star in a new production, in Swedish, of Söderberg's Doktor Glas, coming to the West End next spring

TV star Krister Henriksson, best known for his role as Swedish detective Wallander, will be making his West End debut next year.

Following his acclaimed performance in the TV series – based on Henning Mankell's doomy, dark-grained novels – he will be making a transition from modern crime fiction to 19th-century period drama.

Adapted from the epistolary novel by Hjalmar Söderberg, Doktor Glas is the tale of a physician and his client, the beautiful young wife of a corrupt clergyman. When she confides her unhappiness in her marriage, Glas promises to help her perpetuate her extramarital affair with another man.

First staged in 2006, the play received rave reviews in Sweden, Norway and Finland. It will be revived at Stockholm's national theatre, the Dramaten, for 10 performances prior to its transfer to London,
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Per Oscarsson obituary

Swedish actor best known for the 1966 film Hunger

Per Oscarsson, who has died aged 83, was perhaps the only leading Swedish actor who never worked with Ingmar Bergman. This might have been by accident rather than design, although Oscarsson was known for his manic performances, whereas Bergman's men were usually placid. In other words, Oscarsson was more Klaus Kinski than Max Von Sydow.

Oscarsson's most memorable role was in Sult (Hunger, 1966) as Pontus, a bespectacled, penniless and starving young writer in Norway at the end of the 19th century. His complex, agonisingly convincing portrait of a man, ravaged by hunger, whose mind is on the verge of disintegration, split between moments of lucidity and despair, won Oscarsson the best actor award at Cannes and worldwide acclaim.

Hunger was the first all-Scandinavian co-production. Shot in Oslo, it was based on the famous psychological novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, with a
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