Nils Bengt Folke Ekerot was born 8 February 1920 in Stockholm, Sweden. He left school before completing his exams in order to audition for the Royal Dramatic Theatre’s acting school, but was not accepted on his first attempt. After studying under Willy Koblanck and Julia Håkansson, he was accepted at the acting school in 1938 after his second audition. After passing his exams in 1941, Ekerot called the New Theatre his home until 1945, where he was involved in the noteworthy student production of French Without Tears. He had his directorial debut in 1946 with the Danish comedy ‘På Tre Man Hand’.
In 1947 he followed his former acting school instructor, Stig Torsslow, to Malmö City Theatre, where he pursued his directing career with ever more fervour. In 1948, he staged The Climber and the following year No One Goes Free, both Judas’ dramas by Stig Dagerman. He later described these two dramatic works as ‘spiritual brothers’.
Ekerot arrived at the Gothenburg City Theatre… read more