Famous Playwrights from Sweden

List of notable or famous playwrights from Sweden, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Sweden and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Sweden. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Swedish playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Sweden is included when available.

List includes August Strindberg, Alfhild Agrell and more.

This historic playwrights from Sweden list can help answer the questions "Who are some Swedish playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Sweden?" These prominent playwrights of Sweden may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Swedish playwrights.

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  • Alexander Ahndoril was born 20 January 1967 in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm. Alexander made his literary debut at the age of 22 with the love story Den äkta kvinnan (The True Woman, 1989). He has since authored nine novels, screenplays, radio scripts and stage plays.Among the works that have gathered most attention is Regissören (The Director, 2006) a novel about Ingmar Bergman. Regissören was nominated for several awards, including the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and has been translated into 11 languages. Together with his wife Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, Alexander writes under the pseudonym Lars Kepler, author of the Joona Linna series.
    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Alfhild Agrell
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    Alfhild Agrell

    Alfhild Teresia Agrell (January 14, 1849 in Härnösand, Ångermanland – November 8, 1923 in Flen) was a Swedish writer and playwright. She is known for her works about sexual equality in oppose to the contemporary sexual double standard, and as such a participator of the famous Sedlighetsdebatten.
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1849-1923)
    • Birthplace: Härnösand, Sweden
  • August Strindberg
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    Johan August Strindberg (; Swedish: [ˈoːɡɵst ²strɪnːdbærj] (listen); 22 January 1849 – 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over sixty plays and more than thirty works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics. A bold experimenter and iconoclast throughout, he explored a wide range of dramatic methods and purposes, from naturalistic tragedy, monodrama, and history plays, to his anticipations of expressionist and surrealist dramatic techniques. From his earliest work, Strindberg developed ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1849-1912)
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dawit Isaak
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    Dawit Isaak (born 28 October 1964) is a Swedish-Eritrean playwright, journalist and writer, who has been held in prison in Eritrea since 2001 without trial and is considered a traitor by the Eritrean government. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and has called for his immediate and unconditional release. For years, he was the only Swedish citizen held as a prisoner of conscience (he is now joined by the Swedish citizen and publicist Gui Minhai who was abducted by Chinese agents from Thailand in October 2015 and has been held prisoner in China since that time).
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Eritrea
  • Dennis Magnusson is a playwright and screenwriter.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Bollebygd, Sweden
  • Henning Georg Mankell (Swedish pronunciation: [²hɛnːɪŋ ˈmaŋːkɛl]; 3 February 1948 – 5 October 2015) was a Swedish crime writer, children's author, and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most noted creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander. He also wrote a number of plays and screenplays for television. He was a left-wing social critic and activist. In his books and plays he constantly highlighted social inequality issues and injustices in Sweden and abroad. In 2010, Mankell was on board one of the ships in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla that was boarded by Israeli military forces. He was below deck when eight or nine people were shot. Mankell shared his time between ...more
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden