The Hours

The Hours
10 Feb '22 to 20 Feb '22
ITA-ensemble / Eline Arbo
1+rank € 38.50 / 1st rank € 35.50 / 2nd rank € 33 / 3rd rank € 28 / 4th rank € 22.50 / 5th rank € 10

'Beautifully empathetic. The hours grabs you by the throat.' - NRC ★★★★

Eline Arbo directs De uren (The hours) by Michael Cunningham. 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.

In Eline Arbo's direction, Cunningham's loving literary observation becomes visible on stage. She creates a world in which a writer shares space with his characters.

Venue Grote zaal
Duration 1 hour and 50 minutes, no intermission
Language Dutch, with English surtitles on Thursdays

A stroboscope is used (shortly) in the performance.

About The hours

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.

The press about The hours

'Beautifully empathetic' - NRC ★★★★

'For example, Arbo provides the existing (classical) material with an extra layer and thus has something essentially new in store for its audience.' - Volkskrant ★★★★

'Warm interpretation of human behaviour' - Theaterkrant, Critic's Choice

'The hours by Eline Arbo and ITA leaves no one untouched' - Parool

'The hours grabs you by the throat' - NRC ★★★★

-|-'Remarkable staging' - Volkskrant ★★★★

'Strong performances by the actors' - Theaterkrant, Critic's Choice

Majd Mardo Marieke Heebink Eline Arbo De uren © Dim Balsem
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.

In season 21|22 her direction of The Hours (Michael Cunningham) will premiere at ITA.

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De uren Eline Arbo © Dim Balsem
De uren Eline Arbo © Dim Balsem

Who plays who

Marieke Heebink Clarissa Vaughn
Chris Nietvelt Virginia Woolf
Ilke Paddenburg Laura Brown
Majd Mardo Leonard Woolf (husband of Virginia), Dan Brown (husband of Laura), Louis (ex-lover of Richard Brown)


Sinem Kavus Sally (wife of Clarissa), Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia), Kitty (Laura’s neighbour)
Steven Van Watermeulen Richard Brown (son of Laura and friend of Clarissa), the writer


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


by Michael Cunningham
direction Eline Arbo
translation Servaas Goddijn
adaptation Eline Arbo, Peter van Kraaij, Bart Van den Eynde
dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde
scenography Pascal Leboucq
lighting design Varja Klosse
sound design Thijs van Vuure
costumes Wojciech Dziedzic
private producer Jeroen van Ingen en Jaap Kooijman

assistant director Daniël 't Hoen, Erasmus Mackenna (intern)
assistant dramaturgy Debbie Oskam (intern)
assistant scenography Zaza Dupont, Renée Faveere (intern)
sound design advice Dennis Slot
head of technical staff Reyer Meeter
production leader Michiel van Schijndel
head artistic office Ulrike Bürger-Bruijs
assistent production Eva Sol
technical staff Stijn van der Leeuw (1e inspiciënt), Pepijn van Beek, Boy van Maasakker, Leo van der Zijden, Bart Coenen, Emile Bleeker, Pieter Roodbeen, Peter Pieksma, Tim Vleugel, Hero Kaspers, Stephan Pot, Nelis Meijer, Quincy Helant Muller, Ruud de Vos, Rinse de Jong, David Logger, Benjamin Bosschieter (intern)
hair and make-up David Verswijveren
costume department Wim van Vliet (head), Farida Bouhbouh, Tom van het Hof (tailor)
tailor Claudia Pellegrini
set construction Kloosterboer en Showtex
photography Dim Balsem
with thanks to Anna Sijbrands
publicity Joris van den Ring-Bax


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