Meet the man bringing Blackadder to the stage
It was one of the comedy successes of the eighties, but up until now, Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder has never appeared properly on the stage, until now.
Next week a Stockholm theatre will host the first ever theatre production about the anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and his sidekick Baldrick, in Swedish.
In Sweden, Blackadder is called Svarte Orm, and playing the iconic role is comedian David Batra.
Director, producer and translator Anders Albien is behind the new production, having brought many international hits to Swedish theatres. At the moment he has three productions on-going, Flashdance and Blackadder here in Stockholm, and Fawlty Towers in Malmö. Work on a production of Dirty Dancing in Copenhagen will also start soon.
Radio Sweden's Kris Boswell caught up with Anders Albien during Blackadder rehearsals, and found out how he managed to persuade Rowan Atkinson to allow him to bring the famous anti-hero to the stage, and why British comedy works so well in Sweden.