ITA–Ensemble

The Hours

The Hours
03 Jan '23 to 04 Feb '23
ITA-ensemble / Eline Arbo

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.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Run time 110 minutes
Genre Theater
Language Dutch
Surtitles Thu November 24

This performance contains strobing effects.

The hours


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.

Both the book and the successful film adaptation by Stephen Daldry (with Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep, among others) have become classics.

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Eline Arbo’s 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 Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece.

Eline Arbo about The hours

'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.'

CAST

Language NP Language no problem Marieke Heebink Marieke Heebink
Language NP Language no problem Majd Mardo Majd Mardo
Language NP Language no problem Chris Nietvelt Chris Nietvelt
Language NP Language no problem Ilke Paddenburg Ilke Paddenburg
Language NP Language no problem Steven Van Watermeulen Steven Van Watermeulen
Language NP Language no problem Hanna van Vliet Hanna van Vliet
Clarissa Vaughn
Virginia Woolf
Laura Brown
Leonard Woolf / Dan Brown / Louis
Sally / Vanessa Bell / Kitty

REVIEWS

NRC

'Beautifully empathetic (...). The hours grabs you by the throat.'

Volkskrant

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

Theaterkrant, Critic's choice

'Warm interpretation of human behaviour. (...) Strong performances by the actors.'

Parool

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

IN GESPREK

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

PROGRAM BROCHURE

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

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Go backstage at the rehearsal process of The Hours and find out how the show is made.

Eline Arbo
Director
Eline Arbo

Since 2022 Eline Arbo is Associate Artistic Director at ITA. From January ‘23, Arbo will be appointed Ibsen Artist in Residence, an initiative of the Philip Loubser Foundation, which gives directors with an international ambition the opportunity to develop themselves artistically.

In season 22|23 her direction of Penthesilea (Heinrich von Kleist) will premiere at ITA and her direction of The Hourswill be reprised.

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CREDITS


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, Kiki Meijerhoven
head artistic office Loesje Riethof
assistent production Eva Sol
technical staff Stijn van der Leeuw (1e inspiciënt), Pepijn van Beek, Adriaan Beukema, Emile Bleeker, Rinse de Jong, David Logger, Boy van Maasakker, Paul Meijer, Nelis Meijer, Wouter Pieters, Ruud de Vos
hair and make-up David Verswijveren
costume department Wim van Vliet (head), Farida Bouhbouh, Tom van het Hof (tailor)
tailor Suzanne Kollen
set construction Kloosterboer en Showtex
photography Dim Balsem
with thanks to Anna Sijbrands

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