ITA–Ensemble

kings of war

kings of war
26 Apr '23 to 06 May '23
ITA-ensemble / Ivo van Hove

In Kings of war Ivo van Hove merges William Shakespeare's plays Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III into one explosive performance about leadership. For his performance of Richard III Hans Kesting received the Louis d'Or in 2016.

Run time 270 minutes, incl. intermission
Genre Theater
Language Dutch

In Gesprek Fri April 28 and Fri May 5

Kings of war


In Kings of war, director Ivo van Hove focuses on political leadership. The original texts were retranslated by Rob Klinkenberg and then thoroughly adapted: the Hundred Years' War between England and France, and the Rose Wars between the houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne, which are emphatically present as a historical context in the original pieces, were referred to the background in the adaptation in order to accommodate a varied portrait of successive kings.

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As leaders in times of political instability and war, they show remarkable affinities with world leaders today. Kings of War is not a historical reconstruction, but a performance about power, ambition, leadership and responsibility; a performance in which leaders are confronted with the ultimate decision about the life and death of thousands of citizens and in which they rule from a sense of empathy and justice or are led by an unbridled lust for power.

CAST

Language NP Language no problem Gijs Scholten van Aschat Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Language NP Language no problem Hélène Devos Hélène Devos
Language NP Language no problem Jip Sebastiaan van den Dool Jip Sebastiaan van den Dool
Language NP Language no problem Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga
Language NP Language no problem Aus Greidanus jr. Aus Greidanus jr.
Language NP Language no problem Hans Kesting Hans Kesting
Language NP Language no problem Hugo Koolschijn Hugo Koolschijn
Language NP Language no problem Ramsey Nasr Ramsey Nasr
Language NP Language no problem Chris Nietvelt Chris Nietvelt
Language NP Language no problem Celia Nufaar Celia Nufaar
Language NP Language no problem Bart Slegers Bart Slegers
Language NP Language no problem Eelco Smits Eelco Smits

REVIEWS

The Guardian

'Epic reimagining of Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III makes for an explosive examination of political leadership and present-day power'

New York Times

'In this cold-eyed, hot-blooded work, political cynicism moves with the heady rush of sexual passion. Settle in for a long session of shivers, gasps and, despite yourself, satisfied smiles. Kings of War takes the home-viewing pleasures associated with serial television portraits of cutthroat schemers, like those in House of Cards and The Sopranos, and magnifies them to the proportions of grand opera'

The New Yorker

‘the first great theatrical work of the Trump era’

What's on

‘brilliance and beauty’

IN GESPREK

After the performance, come and think, listen and chat at In Gesprek. We invite a guest to further explore the themes of Kings of war 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.

Ivo van Hove
Director
Ivo van Hove

Ivo van Hove has been director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam since 2001.

In season 22|23, he will be directing My Heavenly Favourite (Marieke Lucas Rijneveld) at ITA and his directing of Age of rage, A little life, The Damned, Battles and metamorphoses of a woman, Kings of War and Who killed my father will be reprised.

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CREDITS


By William Shakespeare
Direction Ivo van Hove
Dramaturgy Peter Van Kraaij
Scenography and light Jan Versweyveld
Composition Eric Sleichim
Video design Tal Yarden-|-
Private producers Harry en Marijke van den Bergh
Cast Ramsey Nasr, Eelco Smits, Hans Kesting, Chris Nietvelt, Janni Goslinga, Bart Slegers, Aus Greidanus jr., Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Alwin Pulinckx, Hélène Devos, Hugo Koolschijn, Jip van den Dool, e.a.
Musicians Charlotte Van Passen, Steve Dugardin (zang), Daniel Quiles Cascant, Max Vanden Brand, Victor Belmonte Albert

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