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.
Run time 110 minutes
Surtitles Thu November 24
This performance contains strobing effects.
In Gesprek Fri November 18
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.
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.'
'Beautifully empathetic (...). The hours grabs you by the throat.'
'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.'
'The hours by Eline Arbo and ITA leaves no one untouched'
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Go backstage at the rehearsal process of The Hours and find out how the show is made.
Eline Arbo (1986) is from Tromsø, a small city above the Arctic Circle in the North of Norway. After studying Theatre Studies at the University of Oslo, Arbo moved to Amsterdam for her studies at the Directing School of the Theaterschool Amsterdam which she successfully completed in 2016.
In season 22|23 her direction of Penthesilea (Heinrich von Kleist) will premiere at ITA and her direction of The Hourswill be reprised.
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 (stage manager), Pepijn van Beek, Boy van Maasakker, Leo van der Zijden, Bart Coenen, Emile Bleeker, Pieter Roodbeen, Peter Pieksma, Tim Vleugel, Hero Kaspers, Stephan Pot, Nelis Meijer, Quincy Helant Muller, Ruud de Vos, Rinse de Jong, David Logger, Benjamin Bosschieter (intern)
hair and make-up David Verswijveren
costume department Wim van Vliet (head), Farida Bouhbouh, Tom van het Hof (tailor)
tailor Claudia Pellegrini
set construction Kloosterboer en Showtex
photography Dim Balsem
with thanks to Anna Sijbrands