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 FreudTheater ITA–Ensemble Freud
Close Freud ITA–Ensemble / Ivo van Hove
18 Sep '19 to 30 Nov '19
In the late 1950s, French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrote The Freud Scenario, at the request of Hollywood director John Huston. Sartre is completely immersed in the subject, that he writes a script for a seven hour movie. Huston reduces the many hundreds of pages to a two-hour film. Because ...
Language NP Language no problem De thuiskomstTheater ITA–Ensemble De thuiskomst
Close De thuiskomst ITA–Ensemble
09 Oct '19 to 30 Nov '19
Following on from Uit het leven van marionetten, Nanouk Leopold is now directing the ITA ensemble in The Homecoming, one of the most frequently performed plays by English playwright and Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter.
Language NP Language no problem Children of NoraTheater ITA–Ensemble Children of Nora
Close Children of Nora ITA–Ensemble
01 Apr '20 to 17 May '20
Everyone knows about the argument - the big argument, the ferocious, final argument, the one that ends the relationship.
Language NP Language no problem Op hoop van zegenTheater ITA–Ensemble Op hoop van zegen
Close Op hoop van zegen ITA–Ensemble
13 May '20 to 21 Jun '20
Simon Stone has relocated the central fishing village in Op hoop van zegen to the arrival hall of an airport, where family and friends await the return of their loved ones. With fast, razor-sharp dialogue, he transforms the ultimate Dutch drama classic into a story from and about our time.
Language NP Language no problem Who Killed My FatherTheater ITA–Ensemble Who Killed My Father
Close Who Killed My Father ITA–Ensemble
01 Apr '20 to 17 May '20
Young writer Édouard Louis (1992) is the greatest literary sensation in France since Michel Houellebecq. With his autobiographical debut The End of Eddy, he looked back on his tormented youth as a young gay man in the forgotten underclass of society: the north of France, plagued by unemployment.

Reprisals 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 21 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 The year of cancerTheater ITA–Ensemble The year of cancer
Close The year of cancer ITA–Ensemble
13 Aug '19 to 17 Aug '19
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 La voix humaineTheater ITA–Ensemble La voix humaine
Close La voix humaine ITA–Ensemble
11 Sep '19 to 21 Dec '19
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 Het houtTheater ITA–Ensemble Het hout
Language NP Language no problem MedeaTheater ITA–Ensemble Medea
Close Medea ITA–Ensemble
16 Oct '19 to 29 May '20
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 Vallende manTheater ITA–Ensemble Vallende man
Language NP Language no problem De kersentuinTheater ITA–Ensemble De kersentuin
Close De kersentuin ITA–Ensemble
22 Aug '19 to 19 Jan '20
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 Ibsen houseTheater ITA–Ensemble Ibsen house
Close Ibsen house ITA–Ensemble
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 Death in VeniceTheater ITA–Ensemble Death in Venice
Close Death in Venice ITA–Ensemble
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.
Language NP Language no problem OedipusTheater ITA–Ensemble Oedipus
Close Oedipus ITA–Ensemble
14 Aug '19 to 08 Feb '20
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.
Language NP Language no problem Husbands and wivesTheater ITA–Ensemble Husbands and wives
Close Husbands and wives ITA–Ensemble
24 Oct '19 to 31 Oct '19
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 Afther the Rehearsal / PersonaTheater ITA–Ensemble Afther the Rehearsal / Persona
Close Afther the Rehearsal / 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 Roman tragediesTheater ITA–Ensemble Roman tragedies
Close Roman tragedies ITA–Ensemble
08 Nov '19 to 10 Nov '19
Ivo van Hove’s epic is ‘one of the most audacious Shakespeare productions of the modern era’ (Time Out), and immerses you in the midst of the multimedia action.
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.

The ensemble

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

Directors 18-19

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


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.