When you hear the name Judas, you think of betrayal. 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.
Language Dutch, with English surtitles on Thursdays
About the performance
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 at ITA. With Kinderen van Nora, he made a sequel to Ibsen's Een poppenhuis.
Robert Icke about 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.’
Johannes Vermeer Award
Judas was created with the support of the Johannes Vermeer Award.
text and direction Robert Icke
dramaturgy and translation Peter van Kraaij
scenography Hildegard Bechtler
costume design Wojciech Dziedzic
lighting design Natasha Chivers
sound design Tom Gibbons
private producer Gabriella de Rooij and Hendrik Jan ten Have, Gert-Jan van den Bergh and Corinne Raat
with Janni Goslinga, Hans Kesting, Achraf Koutet, Maria Kraakman, Jesse Mensah, Chris Nietvelt, Ilke Paddenburg, Bart Slegers
direction assistant Maria Luttikhuis
scenography assistant Ramon Huijbrechts
WITH COVID ADMISSION TICKET
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