After the Rehearsal/Persona

(Premiere 2017)
DIRECTOR Ivo van Hove
DESIGNER An D'Huys / Jan Versweyveld
THEATRE Barbican Theatre
DESCRIPTION
Two Bergman screenplays are reimagined for the stage in a double bill about the chaotic lives of theatre people, exposing the fine line between art and reality, illness and normality.
WTDir RATING:

Country: United Kingdom

Runtime: 170 min

Interval: YES

CAST (ACTORS | DANCERS | SINGERS)

Marieke Heebink | Rachel (After the rehearsal), Elisabeth Vogler (Persona)
Actor
Gijs Scholten van Aschat | Hendrik Vogler (After the rehearsal), man van Elisabeth (Persona)
Actor
Frieda Pittoors | docter (Persona)
Actor
Gaite Jansen | Anna (After the rehearsal), Alma (Persona)
Actor

Creatives

Director | Ivo van Hove
Playwright | Ingmar Bergman
Scenographer | Jan Versweyveld
Costume Designer | An D'Huys
Lighting Designer | Jan Versweyveld
Translator | Peter Van Kraaij
Dramaturg | Peter Van Kraaij
Sound Designer | Roeland Fernhout
Assistant Director | Maren E Bjørseth
Assistant Scenographer | Ramón Huijbrechts

PHOTOS

THEATRES

Barbican Theatre, 27/09/2017 - 30/09/2017

REVIEWS

‘A pair of plays about art, delusion and the ravages of devotion … revelatory … ingenious'

STORYLINE

After the Rehearsal: For Hendrik Vogler, a director obsessed by his work, rehearsals are like notes in his diary, performances his autobiography. Everything is subject to his control yet it soon becomes apparent that life cannot be kept at bay when ex lover Rachel and Anna, her daughter and his current star, breach his sanctum.

Persona: Celebrated actress Elisabeth Vogler falls mute and retreats into silence. It’s as though a short circuit has occurred, calling into question the roles she must play. She is cared for in hospital by nurse Alma who then accompanies her to an island summerhouse in an attempt to coax her into speaking again. Tension between the two builds.