Following the success of the Shakespeare marathon Kings of War at the Barbican, director Ivo van Hove returns to our stage for a residency in 2017 with Toneelgroep Amsterdam, one of the leading theatre companies in the Netherlands.
The Toneelgroep Amsterdam residency comprises four plays directed by its director, Ivo van Hove, including the world premiere of Obsession starring Jude Law, a stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s eponymous film, a tale of idealised love and its fleeting nature. British actor Jude Law, who returns to the Barbican stage after his first performance 22 years ago, takes on the role of Gino, immortalised in Visconti’s 1943 classic.
Bringing together British actors and members of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam ensemble for the first time, this residency begins with Roman Tragedies, inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, and turns audience members into participating performers, inviting them to move freely around the theatre, have refreshments and live tweet the experience. Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays, After the Rehearsal and Persona are also reimagined for the stage in a double bill exploring the fine line between art and reality.
The Toneelgroep Amsterdam residency at the Barbican also includes talks and workshops for young people.
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The Toneelgroep Amsterdam Residency takes place from 17 March–30 September 2017: theatre.barbican.org.uk