Kings of War

(Premiere 2016)
DIRECTOR Ivo van Hove
DESIGNER An D'Huys / Jan Versweyveld
THEATRE Barbican Theatre
THEATRE COMPANY Toneelgroep Amsterdam
DESCRIPTION
Kings of War combines Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III into a single, explosive play about leadership. Shakespeare’s kings are political leaders who come face to face with the ultimate responsibility: they must make the life-or-death decision of whether to go to war. Shakespeare draws us into the psychology of the rulers, while also revealing the machinations of their courtiers and advisors. Kings of War lays bare the mechanisms of decision-making in times of political crisis, exposing the dichotomy between national interests and self-importance.
WTDir RATING:

Country: United Kingdom

Runtime: 270 min

Interval: YES

CAST (ACTORS | DANCERS | SINGERS)

Alwin Pulinckx | Exeter, prins van Wales
Actor
Bart Slegers | chef-staf, York, Edward IV
Actor
Eelco Smits | Grey, Henry VI
Actor
Fred Goessens | kardinaal, Rivers
Actor
Hans Kesting | Richard III
Actor
Marieke Heebink | Hertogin van York
Actor
Chris Nietvelt | Montjoy, Leonora, Elizabeth
Actor
Harm Duco Schut | Williams, prins Edward, prins van York
Actor
Hélène Devos | Katharina, Lady Anne
Actor
Janni Goslinga | Margareta
Actor
Jip van den Dool | Dauphin, Suffolk, Clarence
Actor
Robert de Hoog | Dauphin, Suffolk, Clarence
Actor
Aus Greidanus jr. | Gloucester, Buckingham
Actor
Leon Voorberg | Charles VI, Warwick, Stanley
Actor
Ramsey Nasr | Henry V, Richmond
Actor

Creatives

Director | Ivo van Hove
Playwright | William Shakespeare
Composer | Eric Sleichim
Scenographer | Jan Versweyveld
Costume Designer | An D'Huys
Lighting Designer | Jan Versweyveld
Adaptation by | Bart Van den Eynde
Adaptation by | Peter Van Kraaij
Translator | Rob Klinkenberg
Dramaturg | Peter Van Kraaij
Assistant Director | Nina de la Parra
Assistant Director | Olivier Diepenhorst
Video Designer | Tal Yarden
Casting Director | Hans Kemna
Assistant Scenographer | Bart Van Merode
Assistant Scenographer | Pascal Leboucq
Assistant Lighting Designer | Trent Suidgeest
Assistant Sound Designer | Finn Kruyning
Assistant Video Designer | Rodrik Biersteker

PHOTOS

TRAILER

THEATRES

Barbican Theatre, 22/04/2016 - 01/05/2016

THEATRE COMPANIES

REVIEWS

'Director-of-the-moment Ivo van Hove thrilling mashes up three of Shakespeare's plays'
'Ivo van Hove’s epic reimagining of Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III makes for an explosive examination of political leadership and present-day power'

STORYLINE

Three rulers in times of crisis, each faced with the life-or-death choice of whether to go to war. Their decision-making is laid bare, exposing the conflict between national concerns and self-interest. Shakespeare's Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III become modern-day political leaders, all their fates unfolding in this single, radical adaptation. Pulling us behind the scenes into labyrinthine war rooms, the explosive play strikes a chord with global events we see on the news everyday.