ITA-ensemble / Robert Icke


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ITA-ensemble / Robert Icke

'There is phenomenal playing by the whole ensemble, and especially by Hans Kesting'. – Theaterkrant

The name Judas is familiar to many of us. The traitor. The scorned man. A man condemned century after century for his cunning cowardice and who to this day deserves no pardon - or - is that perhaps half a story?

Run time 130 minutes
Genre Theatre
Language Dutch

Surtitles English, Thu Oct 6


When you hear the name Judas, you think of betrayal. He is the man who agreed to hand over Jesus in exchange for 30 silver coins. That is the official version. However, in the Gospel of Judas, Jesus asks Judas to betray him, which means he did it because Jesus himself had asked him to. And that is strange, because Judas’ deed leads to the crucifixion of Jesus.

Robert Icke became fascinated by this other version of the story and brings it to the stage in a world premiere: Judas as the true, perfect disciple of Jesus. A play about the positive side of betrayal.
Previously, Robert Icke created an acclaimed contemporary version of Oedipus and The Doctor at ITA. With Children of Nora, he made a sequel to Ibsen's A doll’s house.

Robert Icke on Judas

‘The story of Jesus is perhaps the most famous story ever told. Yet Judas' story, though famous, has a very different colour and weight. Nobody praises his name, which has become an insult, a condemnation. Yet an ancient text, which resurfaced in the 1970s, the Gospel of Judas, offers a glimpse of another version: a story which offers us a different understanding of Jesus' most notorious disciple. This new re-telling of the final days of Jesus' life, will think about betrayal and loyalty, about sacrifice and service, and about what it means to know that something is about to end.’


Language NP Language no problem Hans Kesting Hans Kesting
Language NP Language no problem Chris Nietvelt Chris Nietvelt
Language NP Language no problem Jesse Mensah Jesse Mensah
Language NP Language no problem Ilke Paddenburg Ilke Paddenburg
Language NP Language no problem Hugo Koolschijn Hugo Koolschijn
Language NP Language no problem Bart Slegers Bart Slegers
Language NP Language no problem Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga
Language NP Language no problem Maria Kraakman Maria Kraakman
Language NP Language no problem Achraf Koutet Achraf Koutet
Language NP Language no problem Sabine van Kuipers Sabine van Kuipers
Language NP Language no problem Joep Paddenburg Joep Paddenburg
Language NP Language no problem Ozan Aydogan Ozan Aydogan


de Volkskrant

'Chris Nietvelt and Hans Kesting make a heartbreakingly destroyed couple, and Judas' power struggle with Jesse Mensah's enigmatic Jesus produces beautiful rhetorical fireworks'.


'Actor Hans Kesting is an unparalleled Judas. Big, muscular, tormented. His play is worth a reservation at the theatre. (...) Jesus is beautifully and elusively portrayed by Jesse Mensah: mystical and human by turns, broad-minded and rigid.'


'There is phenomenal playing by the whole ensemble, and especially by Hans Kesting'.


'I have seen Hans Kesting play many times, but I am always impressed by this Monumental Actor'.


Read more about the production's direction, author, scenography and music in our digital brochure.

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Robert Icke
Robert Icke

Robert Icke decided to become a playwright and director after he had been torn away from his PlayStation by his father as a teenager and saw a performance of Richard III, with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. Now – only 34 years old – he is regarded as a great young talent in British theatre. From 2013 until 2019 he was an associate director at the Almeida in London, the famous theatre that used to be led by Pierre Audi before he came to Amsterdam.

Since 2019 Robert Icke has committed himself to Internationaal Theater Amsterdam as Ibsen Artist in Residence. This new form of support was created by the Philip Loubser Foundation.

In season 22|23 his directions of The Doctor and Judas will be reprised.

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Judas © Fabian Calis


After the performance, come and think, listen and chat at In Gesprek. We invite various guests to further explore the themes of the performance and to exchange experiences. If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to ask them. In Gesprek is free of charge and starts shortly after the performance in one of our foyers, is conducted in Dutch and lasts about half an hour.

30 Sep | Achraf Koutet and Hans Kesting
7 Oct | Thomas Cammaert


text and direction Robert Icke
translation Aus Greidanus jr.
dramaturgy Maria Luttikhuis
scenography Hildegard Bechtler
costumes Wojciech Dziedzic
lighting design Natasha Chivers
sound design Tom Gibbons

private producer Gabriella de Rooij and Hendrik Jan ten Have

cast Janni Goslinga, Hans Kesting, Minne Koole, Hugo Koolschijn, Achraf Koutet, Maria Kraakman, Sabine van Kuipers, Jesse Mensah, Chris Nietvelt, Ilke Paddenburg, Bart Slegers

assistant director Maria Luttikhuis, Margus Spekkers, Cecilia Thoden van Velzen (intern)
scenographic technical producer Ramon Huijbrechts
assistant scenography Django Walon
assistant costumes Leanne van den Bussche
assistant dramaturgy Ties Jansen (intern)
head of technical staff Reyer Meeter
head artistic bureau Ulrike Bürger-Bruijs
casting advice Hans Kemna
production Edith den Hamer (head), Eva Sol, Mita Medri (intern)
technical department Lennart Bakker, Pepijn van Beek, Rinse de Jong, Hero Kaspers, Stijn van der Leeuw, Paul Meijer, Wouter Pieters, Arist Richartz
costume department Farida Bouhbouh, Suzanne Kollen, Wim van Vliet (head)
hair & make-up Mirjam Venema
set construction Kloosterboer, Levtec
photography Dim Balsem, Fabian Calis
graphic design Sara Fortuin, Serena Kloet
communication Iris Istha
with special thanks to Anna Sijbrands


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