Husbands and wives


Husbands and wives



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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 and Sally’s decision triggers a chain of events that profoundly uproots the lives of these four people.

Touring the Netherlands: Utrecht, Arnhem, Heerlen en Tilburg; October 2019
Duration: 2:15
Language: Dutch

Husbands and wives - Ramsey Nasr - Helene Devos
Husbands and wives - Ramsey Nasr - Halina Reijn

About the play

Woody Allen wrote and directed Husbands and wives in the period just before his own relationship with Mia Farrow failed. Scenes in which the story develops are alternated by documentary scenes in which the characters are interviewed separately and look back on what happened. A fight between the urge for freedom and the need for security breaks loose. Husbands and wives confronts us with questions we all ask ourselves at some point. When is a relationship over? And how to go on? Do you cling to what you have or be open to something completely new? How well do you know yourself, your partner, your friends? Can you be lonelier in a relationship than when you are alone?

At a certain point, Gabe says: Life is not a Hollywood film. It’s a foreign film. It is not a coincidence that Husbands and wives is in many ways similar to Scenes from a marriage, the big divorce story by Woody Allen’s mentor and admired example Ingmar Bergman.


Wonderful theatre examining the fragility of love’ - Trouw ★★★★★

‘Marvellous to see such consummate actors exercising their comic talent’ - NRC Handelsblad ★★★★

'The combination of text and acting style brings out the best in this excellent ensemble. (...) Wonderful theatre examining the fragility of love and the pain of growing older' - Trouw ★★★★★

'The stage version of Husbands and Wives easily rivals the film' - Noordhollands Dagblad

'The pleasure that the cast take in their work shines through in scenes that are as well constructed as the mechanism of a Swiss clock.' - Parool ★★★★

‘I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much in the Rabozaal. (…) Should I say it? I found the play better than the film’ - De Groene Amsterdammer

'The hilarious ups and downs of married life' - De Telegraaf ★★★★


Language NP Language no problem Ramsey Nasr Ramsey Nasr
Language NP Language no problem Halina Reijn Halina Reijn
Language NP Language no problem Marieke Heebink Marieke Heebink
Language NP Language no problem Gijs Scholten van Aschat Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Language NP Language no problem Robert de Hoog Robert de Hoog
Language NP Language no problem Hélène Devos Hélène Devos


director Simon Stone
author Woody Allen
translation Rik van den Bos
dramaturge Peter Van Kraaij
scenographer Bob Cousins
light design Bernie van Velzen
music Stefan Gregory
costumes An D'Huys
assistant director Olivier Diepenhorst
dramaturge assistant Doke Pauwels
assistant scenographer Ramón Huijbrechts
casting advice Hans Kemna
coproducer Holland Festival
privat producer Familie Staal Fonds, Gert-Jan en Corinne van den Bergh, Joachim Fleury
head of technique & production department Wolf-Götz Schwörer
publicity Joris van den Ring-Bax
with thanks Nesoptiek
supported by ammodo

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