The Hours


The Hours



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The Hours
ITA-ensemble / Eline Arbo

De uren (The hours) takes place on one day in the lives of three women, at three different moments in the 20th century. One is a book publisher, the other a housewife and the third is the writer Virginia Woolf. All three struggle with the question how to be yourself in a world that is tight like a straitjacket.

duration 2:00
venue Grote zaal
language Dutch spoken

About the performance

Eline Arbo: 'It is an incredibly beautiful story of three women whose lives are inextricably linked. All three struggle with the roles assigned to them and seek their own way of freedom. What I love about the book is how Cunningham manages to combine existential issues with social themes through the parallel storylines. By portraying women from completely different times, questions arise about the level of emancipation today and the role patterns that lie deeply hidden in our culture. At the same time, it is an intimate portrait of three people whose desperate quest for freedom has major consequences for the people in their environment.'

Both the book and the successful film adaptation by Stephen Daldry (with Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, among others) have become classics.

Eline Arbo’s recent direction of Weg met Eddy Bellegueule by Édouard Louis at Toneelschuur Producties was praised by the press and public. Now she is directing Michael Cunningham's masterpiece, who won the Pulitzer Prize for it.


Language NP Language no problem Marieke Heebink Marieke Heebink
Language NP Language no problem Steven Van Watermeulen Steven Van Watermeulen
Language NP Language no problem Ilke Paddenburg Ilke Paddenburg
Language NP Language no problem Majd Mardo Majd Mardo
Language NP Language no problem Chris Nietvelt Chris Nietvelt
Language NP Language no problem Sinem Kavus Sinem Kavus


by Michael Cunningham
directed by Eline Arbo
translation Servaas Goddijn
adaptation Eline Arbo, Peter van Kraaij
dramaturgy Bart van den Eynde
stage design Pascal Leboucq
music Thijs van Vuure
lights Varja Klosse
costumes Wojciech Dziedzic

assistant director Daniël 't Hoen, Erasmus Mackenna ( intern)
dramaturgy assistance Debbie Oskam (intern)
scenography assistance Zaza Dupont, Renée Faveere (intern)
head of technique Reyer Meeter
production manager Michiel van Schijndel
head artistic office Ulrike Bürger Bruijs
production assistant Eva Sol
technique Stijn van der Leeuw (1st inspector), Pepijn van Beek , Boy van Maasakker, Leo van der Zijden, Bart Coenen, Emile Bleeker, Pieter Roodbeen, Peter Pieksma, Tim Vleugel, Benjamin Bosschieter (intern)
-|-props manager David Logger
hair & make-up David Verswijveren
costume department Wim van Vliet (head), Farida Bouhbouh, Tom van het Hof (tailor)
tailor Claudia Pellegrini
set construction Kloosterboer and Showtex
photography Dim Balsem
credits Paramount Pictures


Chris Nietvelt Virgina Woolf
Ilke Paddenburg Laura Brown
Majd Mardo Leonard Woolf (husband of Virginia), Dan Brown (husband of Laura), Louis (ex-lover of Richard Brown)
Marieke Heebink Clarissa Vaughn
Sinem Kavus Sally (wife of Clarissa), Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia) and Kitty (Laura’s neighbor)
Steven Van Watermeulen Richard Brown (son of Laura and friend of Clarissa), the writer

Eline Arbo
Eline Arbo

Eline Arbo (1986) is from Tromsø, a small city above the Arctic Circle in the North of Norway. After studying Theatre Studies at the University of Oslo, Arbo moved to Amsterdam for her studies at the Directing School of the Theaterschool Amsterdam which she successfully completed in 2016.

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