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Kings of War

Toneelgroep Amsterdam
William Shakespeare
Directed by Ivo van Hove

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Australian Premiere / Exclusive to Adelaide

  • About

    With their magnificent Roman Tragedies still fresh in many memories, Toneelgroep Amsterdam return to Adelaide with this gripping study of political cynicism, again conceived by Dutch director Ivo van Hove, recently described by The New York Times as “perhaps the most influential director of his generation in international theatre”.

    A thrilling conflation of five plays by Shakespeare (Henry V, Henry VI Part I, II and III, and Richard III), Kings of War is performed by a company of 17 actors on a massive, faultlessly detailed ‘war room’ set, the onstage action doubled in close up, or counterpointed with offstage events, via cinema sized high definition screens.

    The texts are stripped back to their marrow but Shakespeare’s grim vision of how tight a bond exists between war and power-lust by the men at the top hits us with white-hot pertinence and a 21st century poetry.


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  • Credits

    Written by William Shakespeare
    Directed by Ivo van Hove
    Cast Hélène Devos, Jip van den Dool, Fred Goessens, Janni Goslinga, Aus Greidanus Jr., Marieke Heebink, Robert de Hoog, Hans Kesting, Ramsey Nasr, Chris Nietvelt, Harm Duco Schut, Bart Slegers, Eelco Smits, Leon Voorberg
    Translation Rob Klinkenberg
    Adaptation Bart van den Eynde, Peter van Kraaij
    Dramaturgy Peter van Kraaij
    Scenography & Light Jan Versweyveld
    Composer Eric Sleichim
    Music Steve Dugardin (contratenor), Bl!ndman
    Brass Konstantin Koev, Charlotte van Passen, Daniel Quiles Cascant, Daniel Ruibal Ortigueira
    Costumes An D’Huys
    Video Tal Yarden

    Co-commissioned by Barbican (London), Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Wiener Festwochen
    Co-produced by Bl!ndman, Holland Festival, Muziektheater Transparant
    With thanks to Rabobank Amsterdam
    Private Producers Harry and Marijke van den Bergh

    Image Jan Versweyveld

Presenting partner

Emirates

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