Philip Zandén

Since his breakthrough in 1981 as Mozart in the play Amadeus at Stockholms Stadsteater, Philip Zandén has appeared in several classic theatre plays and i numerous film and television productions. He is also an established stage director with a wide and impressive track record in opera, musicals and theatre.  

Mr Zandén has been employed at the Stockholms Stadsteater/the City Theatre in Stockholm since 1979. He is a well established and well known actor who has amused and thrilled his audience in many different productions, both at the theatre stage and on the film screen, during his long career.

Current and recent highlights are the roles Judge Turpin in Sweeney Tood, the upcoming role as Tevje in the Fiddler on the Roof at Malmö Opera, Ernst Ludwig in Cabaret, the lead role in the play Markurells, which he also directed, the portrait of Olof Palme in a newly written play at Stockholms Stadsteater.

In the late 90s Philip Zandén was theatre manager and artistic director at the Malmö Music Theatre and he also appeared and directed several productions in the house. For example: The Magic Flute (Mozart), Putte Hågen and Dåliga människor (Wiehe/Andersson) and the Beggar’s Opera (Pepusch/Gay). During the same period he also directed A Doll’s House at Gladsax Theatre in Copenhagen and Cabaret (Kander/Ebb) for Riksteatern in Sweden.

Philip Zandén was born in Gothenburg and he is the grand son to Gösta Nyström, composer of Sinfonia del Mare, Songs of the Sea and the opera Herr Arnes Penningar. After studies at Scenskolan in Malmö he was employed at Stockholms Stadsteater. He had his breakthrough as Mozart in the play Amadeus, a show where he impressed both audience and critics with his acting and piano playing and has since then featured in many of the theatre’s sets; Crime and Punishment, The Marriage of Figaro, Pygmalion, The Threepenny Opera, The Master and Margarita, among others.

Philip Zandén has been praised for his efforts in directing and acting. In 2002 he received the Thalia Prize for the role of Albert Speer in the play Speer at the Gothenburg City Theatre. 2003 he received the Royal medal Litteris et Artibus.

Movies in selection: The Guardian Angel, Mozart Brothers, Amorosa, Freud leaves home, Guest Oskar Suddenly, Van Veeteren-Wallander and Beck movies.


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