Ivo van Hove

Ivo van Hove has been director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam since 2001.

In season 20|21, he will be directing Age of Rage and his productions Who Killed My Father, Kings of war, Roman tragedies, The hidden force and The things that pass will be reprised as ITALives


Ivo van Hove (Belgium, 1958) began his career as a theatre director in 1981 with his own productions (Germs, Rumours). He then went on to be the artistic leader of AKT, Akt-Vertikaal and De Tijd. From 1990 to 2000, he was director of Het Zuidelijk Toneel. From 1998 to 2004, Van Hove managed the Holland Festival. Here he annually presented his selection of international theatre, music, opera and dance. Since 1984, he has been one of the artistic leaders of the Dramatic Arts department of the University College Antwerp. In 2001, Van Hove became director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

Productions by Ivo van Hove have been performed at e.g. the Festival d'Avignon, Edinburgh International Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Holland Festival, Theater der Welt and the Wiener Festwochen. He directed the ensembles of La Comédie-Française, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Staatstheater Stuttgart and New York Theatre Workshop. For Joop van den Ende, Van Hove directed the musical Rent. At the Vlaamse Opera, he staged Lulu (Alban Berg) and the entire Ring des Nibelungen by Wagner (2006 - 2008). At the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, he staged Janácek’s The Makropulos Affair and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. In 2014, he directed the world premiere of the opera Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real. Van Hove directed A view from the Bridge (2015) and The Crucible (2016) on Broadway and Lazarus, David Bowie’s musical theatre show, in New York. For Dutch television, he made Home Front and in 2009, his first feature film Amsterdam was released.

At Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Van Hove directed e.g. Angels in America by Tony Kushner, marathon performances Roman Tragedies and Kings of war based on Shakespeare, Opening Night and Husbands by John Cassavetes, Rocco and his brothers and Obsession by Luchino Visconti, Teorema based on Pier Paolo Pasolini (co-production Ruhrtriennale), Antonioni Project by Michelangelo Antonioni, Cries and whispers, Scenes from a marriage, and After the rehearsal / Persona by Ingmar Bergman, La voix humaine by Jean Cocteau, Summer trilogy by Carlo Goldoni, Children of the sun by Maxim Gorky, The miser by Molière, Mourning becomes Electra and A long day’s journey into night by O'Neill, The Russians! by Tom Lanoye based on Anton Chekhov, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Mary Stuart by Schiller and The hidden force, The things that pass and Small souls by Louis Couperus.

Van Hove’s work has been awarded often: e.g. two Obie Awards for best directing of an off-Broadway production in New York (for More Stately Mansions and Hedda Gabler), the East Flanders Oeuvre Prize (1995), the Theatre Festival Prize (1996), the Archangel Award at the Edinburgh Festival (1999) and the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004) in France. In 2007, he received the Prijs van de Kritiek in the Netherlands. In 2008, he received the Prosceniumprijs, a Dutch oeuvre award, together with Jan Versweyveld and in 2012 the Amsterdam Business Oeuvre Award. In 2014, van Hove received an honorary doctorate for general merit from the University of Antwerp and in 2015, two Olivier Awards for A View From the Bridge and the Amsterdam Award for the Arts for proven quality, with Jan Versweyveld. In 2016, Van Hove received two Tony Awards, two Drama League Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Grands Prix de la Critique. King Filip of Belgium awarded Van Hove Commander of the Order of the Crown and he received the Flemish Culture Prize for Overall Cultural Merit 2015 from the Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz.

'Ivo van Hove's work has been groundbreaking in opening up audiences' understanding of classic texts and films. His work is unique, raw, shocking, surprising, hilarious – everything you want theatre to be – and he doesn't shy away from the ugly or the profane. In a word, stunning, with a capital ‘S’.'
Cate Blanchett

At National Theatre in London, Van hove created Network with actor Bryan Cranston in 2017. One year later, the show was brought to Broadway, where it premiered on 6 December 2018 in the Cort Theatre. Network was nominated for no less than five Tony Awards, the most prestigious American theatre award.

In February 2020 Van Hove and choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker created a radical remake of the musical Westside Story that premiered at the Broadway Theatre in New York 'a production bursting with frenetic energy, passion, pathos and those glorious Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim songs. It's a stunning achievement for van Hove, known for deconstructions of celebrated works such as A View From the Bridge and Network. - The Telegraph *****

Immediately afterwards, in March 2020, Van Hove's production La Ménagerie de verre followed with star actress Isabelle Huppert, which had its world premiere at Théâtre de l'Odéon and will most likely be brought to International Theatre Amsterdam in the spring of 2021.


Selected plays for the Dutch and/or Flamish Theatre Festival: MacBeth, Lulu, Ajax/Antigone, Het Begeren onder de Olmen, Rijkemanshuis, Caligula, Koppen, Romeo and Julia, De Onbeminden, India Song, De dame met de Camelia’s, Mourning becomes Electra, Crusades, Opening Night, Roman Tragedies, Children of the sun, And we'll never be parted, Husbands, After the rehearsal / Persona, Long day's journey into night, The Fountainhead, Kings of war and The things that pass.

Nomination Tony Award best direction of a play | Network
Johannes Vermeer Prize
VSCD Oeuvre Prize

Nomination Olivier Award Best Production | Network
Nomination Jeff Awards Best Director | A view from the bridge, Goodman Theatre
Stanislavsky Award for outstanding achievement on the world art of directing

Richard B. Fisher Next Wave Award
Molière for Best play | Les Damnés, La Comédie-Française
Molière for Best visual creation | Les Damnés, La Comédie-Française
Nomination Molière for Best Direction | Les Damnés, La Comédie-Française
NR. 2 NRC Culture Top 100

Leading Global Thinker | Foreign Policy
IJ Award 2016
Flemish Culture Prize for Overall Cultural Merit 2015
Commander in the Order of the Crown
NR. 1 NRC Culture Top 100
Tony Award Best Direction of a Play| A View from the Bridge
Tony Award Best Revival of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Tony Award Best Revival of a Play | The Crucible
Drama League Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
Drama League Award Outstanding Revival of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Drama League Award Outstanding Revival of a Play | The Crucible
Honorary Citizen of Ham, Belgium
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Molière Best Director | Vu du Pont, Théâtre de l'Odéon
Nomination Molière Best Revival | Vu du Pont, Théâtre de l'Odéon
Outer Critics Circle Award Best Director (Lucille Lortel Award) | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Best Revival | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Best Revival | The Crucible
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical | Lazarus, NYTW
Grand Prix de la Critique Best foreign production | Kings of war
Grand Prix de la Critique Best production | Vu du pont

Amsterdam Award for the Arts 2015, with Jan Versweyveld
Olivier Award Best Director | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham's theatre
Olivier Award Best Revival | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham's theatre
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director (Lucille Lortel Award) | Scenes From a Marriage
Critics’ Circle Theatre Award Best Director | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic

Honorary doctorate for general merit, the University of Antwerp
Nomination Helpmann Award 'best direction of a play' | Roman Tragedies
Nomination Evening Standard Theatre Award 'Best Director' | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic

Nomination Amsterdam Award for the Arts 2013 | Toneelgroep Amsterdam / Ivo van Hove

Grand Prix Mira Trailović | Children of the Sun
Amsterdam Business Oeuvre Award

Proscenium Prize, with Jan Versweyveld

Prijs van de Kritiek (prize awarded by Dutch theatre critics)

Obie Award best direction, best actor, best actress, best set design, for Hedda Gabler

Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French embassy for his valuable contribution to the development of art and culture in an international context

Johan Fleerackers Prize for collaboration between Dutch and Flemish theatre
Arch Angel for best direction at the Edinburgh Festival, for India Song

Herald Angel at the Edinburgh Festival, for More Stately Mansions
Obie Award for best direction of an off-Broadway production, for More Stately Mansions

Oeuvre Prize from East Flanders

Theatre Festival Prize for Caligula

Thalia Prize for oeuvre

Publieks (Audience) Prize for Rijkemanshuis

Oscar de Gruyter Prize for best direction for Macbeth


Language NP Language no problem Age of Rage Age of Rage
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on Tour
ITA–EnsembleTheater who killed my father
Close who killed my father ITA-ensemble / deSingel / Ivo van Hove
08 Sep '20 to 18 May '21
Ivo van Hove adapted Who Killed My Father, by literary sensation Édouard Louis, for the stage. Van Hove turned the very outspoken book into a monologue, especially for Hans Kesting.
Language NP Language no problem The hidden forceITA–EnsembleTheater The hidden force
Close The hidden force ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove
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 The things that passITA–EnsembleTheater The things that pass
Close The things that pass ITA-ensemble / Toneelhuis / 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 ITALive: Kings of warITA–EnsembleTheater ITALive: Kings of war
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In Kings of War Ivo van Hove merges William Shakespeare's plays Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III into one explosive performance about leadership. For his performance of Richard III Hans Kesting received the Louis d'Or in 2016.
Language NP Language no problem ITALive: Roman TragediesITA–EnsembleTheater ITALive: Roman Tragedies
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In Roman tragedies, Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld have created a unique arena in which Shakespeare speaks about our time more than ever and the political game in all its facets. More than five hours of theater in a marathon.