In autumn 2021, we finally welcome the world premiere of Kärlek skonar ingen (“Love Spares No One”), a musical based on the much-loved songs of Håkan Hellström. A poetic and grimy dreamscape, set in places that Håkan Hellström has indelibly marked on the Gothenburg map.
Kärlek skonar ingen treats us to a magical 24 hours in a city that could be Gothenburg, where we meet unique imaginary characters inspired by Håkan Hellström’s musical world. Hope and despair swirl in a musical tornado where love, betrayal and death coexist with the joy of existing for another day.
The city that could be Gothenburg wakes up. A carnival band appears on Drömmarnas kaj. As dawn breaks, city dwellers sing about their lives. About how it feels to be weighed down with fatigue, but to see the stars more clearly. About being there for each other through the hard times, the joy of really caring for each other, and the tumultuous power of love. A power that helps you see each other and life in a different light.
Kärlek skonar ingen is a newly composed musical featuring music based on songs from Håkan Hellström’s 20-year musical narrative – as well as new music specially composed for the musical. During 24 hours – from dawn to dawn – people’s lives intertwine with each other. Some meet again after many years. Others meet for the first time. We visit Drömmarnas kaj, Röda sten, Azalea, the bridges over Göta älv – as the harbour cranes awaken in Gothenburg.
The cast includes many well-known names who have made their mark in films and on Sweden’s leading stages. The Göteborg Opera Chorus and Orchestra also take part, along with guest musicians and a live rock band.
Concept: Victoria Brattström, Simon Ljungman, Håkan Hellström
Music: Håkan Hellström, Björn Olsson
Lyrics: Håkan Hellström
Dialogue: Mirja Unge
Story: Mirja Unge, Victoria Brattström
Script development: Eva-Maria Dahlin
Musical adaptation, vocal arrangements: Simon Ljungman
Orchestral arrangements: Simon Ljungman, Jonas Nydesjö
Orchestration: Jonas Nydesjö