Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) is one of the leading lights in Dutch theatre, with a large ensemble of world famous actors and a pioneering team of directors. Performances will be held by the ITA-ensemble not only at the Amsterdam venue, but also at around 100 other venues around the world.

ITA is the largest theatre company in the Netherlands and is led by director Ivo van Hove. Since he was appointed in 2001, he has paved the way for an urban company with international allure by creating a series of sensational shows and by attracting different directors from the Netherlands, as well as from other countries. The core of the company consists of 22 quality actors, making it possible to keep shows in their repertoire.

Ensemble 18-19

The ITA–ensemble will present six new productions in season 18/19 – of which four worldpremieres – and retake over 17 productions. This season we will also introduce the French Julien Gosselin, the Dutch Michiel van Erp and the British Simon McBurney as new directors with our company and welcome three new members of our ensemble: Maarten Heijmans, Achraf Koutet en Majd Mardo.

Next to 180 performances in our own theatre in Amsterdam, Scènes uit een huwelijk will tour Holland and our ensemble will travel the world playing in Avignon, Sint-Petersburg, Taipei, Londen, Singapore, Beijing and many more places.

Premieres 18-19

Language NP Language no problem Een klein levenTheater ITA–Ensemble Een klein leven
Close Een klein leven ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
06 Dec '19 to 22 Feb '20
No book has captivated and moved millions of readers during the past few years like A little life by American author Hanya Yanagihara.
Language NP Language no problem Het houtTheater ITA–Ensemble Het hout
Close Het hout ITA–Ensemble / Michiel van Erp
17 Apr '19 to 25 Apr '19
As a child, Jeroen Brouwers spends time in a Japanese POW camp in Indonesia. After the war, he is sent to boarding school in the Netherlands. It’s a prison camp and a concentration camp rolled into one. In his early novel Sunken red, he writes: ‘I do not understand the fundamental difference be...
Language NP Language no problem Vallende manTheater ITA–Ensemble Vallende man
Close Vallende man ITA–Ensemble / Julien Gosselin
14 Mar '19 to 30 Mar '19
American author Don DeLillo is the most eminent chronicler of his country and his time. In numerous novels and stories, he researches the often destructive impact of large events and social changes – such as the Cold War and nuclear threat, the digital age and globalization – on the lives of or...
Language NP Language no problem In wankel evenwichtTheater ITA–Ensemble In wankel evenwicht
Close In wankel evenwicht ITA–Ensemble / Maren E. Bjørseth
27 Mar '19 to 12 Apr '19
What if a befriended couple rang your doorbell one evening to ask for shelter? Fear is in their eyes. They can’t say what they’re afraid of. You think it’s a strange situation, but they’re friends and your daughter’s old room is vacant. So you offer them shelter.
Language NP Language no problem Death in VeniceTheater ITA–Ensemble Death in Venice
Close Death in Venice ITA–Ensemble / Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
04 Apr '19 to 13 Apr '19
Thomas Mann is thirty-six when he meets a young man during a holiday in Venice. The event inspires him to write one of his most famous works, Death in Venice. In it, writer Gustav von Aschenbach falls in love with young Tadzio, who is spending his holiday at the Lido together with his mother. H...
Language NP Language no problem De KersentuinTheater ITA–Ensemble De Kersentuin
Close De Kersentuin ITA–Ensemble / Simon McBurney
13 Jun '19 to 23 Jun '19
After having stayed in Paris for several years, the widow Ranevskaya returns to her family home in Russia. She encounters a changed world. The family’s debts have become so great that the house and estate will have to be auctioned. Businessman Lopakhin sees a way out. He proposes to cut down th...
Language NP Language no problem Amsterdam XXX jr.Theater ITA-junior / Ilon Lodewijks / Hanna Timmers Amsterdam XXX jr.
Close Amsterdam XXX jr. ITA-junior / Ilon Lodewijks / Hanna Timmers
15 Mar '19 to 29 Mar '19
Hoe word je vrienden? Betekenen vriend, amie en arkadaş hetzelfde? Leren of verleren wij de kunst van het vrienden maken naarmate we ouder worden?

Reprisals 18-19

Language NP Language no problem Scènes uit een huwelijkTheater ITA–Ensemble Scènes uit een huwelijk
Close Scènes uit een huwelijk ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
06 Feb '19 to 31 Mar '19
Scenes from a Marriage premiered in February 2005 in the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg. Internationaal Theater Amsterdam has staged Ingmar Bergman’s classic play in such a way as to create intimate spaces in the most unexpected of places. Three sets of actors enact the couple Johan and Marianne whi...
Language NP Language no problem Kleine ZielenTheater ITA–Ensemble Kleine Zielen
Close Kleine Zielen ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
In an extensive adaptation of The books of the small souls (1901-1903), we focus on a family that has seen better times. Various generations struggle to live together under one roof. Their large house is a haunted house, a madhouse and an infirmary all at once. All members of the family suffer ...
Language NP Language no problem Na de repetitie / PersonaTheater ITA–Ensemble Na de repetitie / Persona
Close Na de repetitie / Persona ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
Van Hove has built a long and intense relationship with Bergman’s oeuvre as a director, which in the past resulted in the productions Scenes from a Marriage (2005) and Cries and Whispers (2009). With the diptych After the Rehearsal / Persona he continues his study of the Swedish film and theatr...
Language NP Language no problem La voix humaineTheater ITA–Ensemble La voix humaine
Close La voix humaine ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
With The human voice (La voix humaine), Jean Cocteau wrote the ultimate farewell monologue. A woman speaks to her ex on the phone in a last attempt to undo their breakup. Gradually, she realizes that the lover has chosen another for good. This moving monologue premiered in 2009 and has since th...
Language NP Language no problem Dagboek van een verdweneneMusical Theater ITA–Ensemble Dagboek van een verdwenene
Close Dagboek van een verdwenene ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
01 Feb '19 to 08 Jun '19
The form of the work is unique: a series of 22 songs for tenor and piano, with an addition of three songs in the middle for a small choir of women and a mezzosoprano representing the gypsy girl Zefka. Ivo van Hove directs top singers Ed Lyon, Peter Gijsbertsen and Marie Hamard, and ITA actors H...
Language NP Language no problem De dingen die voorbijgaanTheater ITA–Ensemble De dingen die voorbijgaan
Close De dingen die voorbijgaan ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
After The hidden force, Ivo van Hove made a second adaptation of a novel by Couperus: The things that pass, this time a coproduction with Toneelhuis (Antwerp).
Language NP Language no problem De andere stemTheater ITA–Ensemble De andere stem
Close De andere stem ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
Since 2009, ITA performs The human voice (La voix humaine), a monologue by Jean Cocteau from 1928. The woman who speaks is on the telephone with her ex. What he says, we do not hear. We can try to deduce it from the reactions of the woman, but we do not know for certain. Ramsey Nasr knew the te...
Language NP Language no problem Het jaar van de kreeftTheater ITA–Ensemble Het jaar van de kreeft
Close Het jaar van de kreeft ITA–Ensemble / Luk Perceval
The year of cancer is one of director Luk Perceval’s favourite novels. The balance between big emotions and banality, between tense expectations and daily burdens forms the basis of his reading. ‘If you don’t go and watch this, you are denying yourself happiness.’ - NRC *****
Language NP Language no problem MedeaTheater ITA–Ensemble Medea
Close Medea ITA–Ensemble / Simon Stone
Simon Stone made a radical adaptation of Euripides’s Greek tragedy about the daughter of the king, who is replaced with a younger woman by her husband and kills her children out of revenge. He turned it into a contemporary story. He let himself be inspired by the true story of an American docto...
Language NP Language no problem Kings of warTheater ITA–Ensemble Kings of war
Close Kings of war ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
Kings of War combines Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III into a single, explosive play about leadership. For his portrayal of Richard III, Hans Kesting received the Louis d’Or in 2016.
Language NP Language no problem De stille krachtTheater ITA–Ensemble De stille kracht
Close De stille kracht ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
04 Apr '19 to 11 Apr '19
The hidden force is an enthralling story about the misunderstandings and incomprehension between cultures, as well as between close relatives. The downfall of Otto van Oudijck makes us painfully aware of the impossibility to fully understand others.
Language NP Language no problem Husbands and wivesTheater ITA–Ensemble Husbands and wives
Close Husbands and wives ITA–Ensemble / Simon Stone
One day you look up and it’s bad. Jack and Sally are getting divorced. We don’t want to make a big thing about it, they claim. It is a mutual decision, we’re both fine. But for their friends Gabe and Judy, it is an incredible shock. Is our marriage as good as we think it is, they wonder. Jack a...
Language NP Language no problem Ibsen huisTheater ITA–Ensemble Ibsen huis
Close Ibsen huis ITA–Ensemble / Simon Stone
Based on Ibsen, Simon Stone writes and directs a grand family epic about the troublesome but inevitable coexistence of different generations under one roof.
Language NP Language no problem The FountainheadTheater ITA–Ensemble The Fountainhead
Close The Fountainhead ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
The Fountainhead is the fascinating portrait of the brilliant young architect Howard Roark, who follows his calling and sets himself up against those who spinelessly parrot the views of others; of Peter Keating, a fellow architect who sells his soul for commercial success and public esteem; of ...
Language NP Language no problem OedipusTheater ITA–Ensemble Oedipus
Close Oedipus ITA–Ensemble / Robert Icke
01 May '19 to 10 May '19
King Oedipus is the perfect tragedy. In the wake of many before him, Robert Icke – who previously rewrote the Oresteia in London in a magnificent way – directs his own contemporary, free adaptation.

The ensemble

Language NP Language no problem Hélène Devos Hélène Devos
Language NP Language no problem Fred Goessens Fred Goessens
Language NP Language no problem Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga
Language NP Language no problem Aus Greidanus jr. Aus Greidanus jr.
Language NP Language no problem Marieke Heebink Marieke Heebink
Language NP Language no problem Maarten Heijmans Maarten Heijmans
Language NP Language no problem Hans Kesting Hans Kesting
Language NP Language no problem Hugo Koolschijn Hugo Koolschijn
Language NP Language no problem Achraf Koutet Achraf Koutet
Language NP Language no problem Maria Kraakman Maria Kraakman
Language NP Language no problem Majd Mardo Majd Mardo
Language NP Language no problem Ramsey Nasr Ramsey Nasr
Language NP Language no problem Chris Nietvelt Chris Nietvelt
Language NP Language no problem Celia Nufaar Celia Nufaar
Language NP Language no problem Frieda Pittoors Frieda Pittoors
Language NP Language no problem Halina Reijn Halina Reijn
Language NP Language no problem Gijs Scholten van Aschat Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Language NP Language no problem Bart Slegers Bart Slegers
Language NP Language no problem Eelco Smits Eelco Smits
Language NP Language no problem Steven Van Watermeulen Steven Van Watermeulen
Language NP Language no problem Robert de Hoog Robert de Hoog

Directors 18-19

Language NP Language no problem Ivo van Hove Ivo van Hove
Language NP Language no problem Julien Gosselin Julien Gosselin
Language NP Language no problem Simon Stone Simon Stone
Language NP Language no problem Simon McBurney Simon McBurney
Language NP Language no problem Michiel van Erp Michiel van Erp
Language NP Language no problem Robert Icke Robert Icke
Language NP Language no problem Maren E. Bjørseth Maren E. Bjørseth
Language NP Language no problem Nanouk Leopold Nanouk Leopold
Language NP Language no problem Luk Perceval Luk Perceval


ITA-2 - the platform of ITA for developing talented directors - has released twelve theatre productions since 2007 in cooperation with Toneelschuur Producties and Frascati Producties. Three plays directed by Thibaud Delpeut: Britannicus (Jean Racine), Antigone-Kreon-Oidipous (an adaptation of the Theban tragedies by Sophocles) and All My Sons (Arthur Miller), two directed by Eric de Vroedt: A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) and Glengarry Glen Ross (David Mamet), Rashomon-effect directed by Joachim Robbrecht and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Tennessee Williams) directed by Jacob Derwig. In 13|14, Julie Van den Berghe made her ITA-2 debut with Lorca's Blood Wedding and in 14|15 Maren E. Bjørseth directed A bride in the morning. In 15|16 Julie Van den Berghe directed her second ITA-2 production Liliom and in 16|17 Bjørseth directed Emilia Galotti and in 18|19 A delicate balance. The multiannual partnership is aimed at developing the directorship step by step, with both alliance partners using their expertise and putting an emphasis on work within larger organisations. Meanwhile, Antigone-Kreon-Oidipous, Glengarry Glen Ross and All My Sons have made it to the big theatre. In the years to come, ITA will continue to invest in talented directors: ITA-2 as a breeding ground for the directors of the future.


We are aware of the responsibility we have for the Dutch theatre world and have been forming alliances for many years with creators whose artistic work is completely autonomic, and we take care of their business leadership, sales, marketing and administration. This is how we linked up with Adelheid|Female Economy. Based on the conception that everything turns out to be an illusion, Female Economy Foundation is working on a new economic idea: 'Come near, just come to me' / Hélène Cixous. In order to translate this illusion economically, FE reaches out to interculturalism and looks for the thorns and the flower, to display them within the world of art and culture.