Roman Tragedies

(Premiere 2017)
DIRECTOR Ivo van Hove
THEATRE Barbican Theatre
DESCRIPTION
Set in a conference centre with multiple screens relaying non-stop media coverage, tautly edited versions of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra unfold to form one flowing performance. Power, passion, ambition and national interests – this is the political game revealed in all its facets – with video close-ups amplifying the onstage drama.
WTDir RATING:

Country: United Kingdom

Runtime: 360 min

Interval: YES

CAST (ACTORS | DANCERS | SINGERS)

Alwin Pulinckx | Brutus, Metellus, Dolabella
Actor
Bart Slegers | Aufidius, anchorman, Cinna, Enobarbus
Actor
Eelco Smits | Cominius, Brutus, Lucius, Thidias
Actor
Fred Goessens | Menenius, Lepidus
Actor
Hans Kesting | Antonius
Actor
Marieke Heebink | eerste senator, Cassius, Charmian
Actor
Gijs Scholten van Aschat | Coriolanus, Agrippa
Actor
Chris Nietvelt | anchorman, Caska, Cleopatra
Actor
Harm Duco Schut | Sicinius, Decius, Ventidius
Actor
Hélène Devos | Portia, Octavia
Actor
Janni Goslinga | Virgilia, Calpurnia, Diomedes
Actor
Frieda Pittoors | Volumnia, Iras
Actor
Hugo Koolschijn | Julius Caesar, Proculeius
Actor
Maria Kraakman | Octavius Caesar
Actor

Creatives

Director | Ivo van Hove
Playwright | William Shakespeare
Composer | Eric Sleichim
Scenographer | Jan Versweyveld
Costume Designer | Lies van Assche
Lighting Designer | Jan Versweyveld
Translator | Tom Kleijn
Dramaturg | Jan Peter Gerrits
Dramaturg | Bart Van den Eynde
Dramaturg | Alexander Schreuder
Assistant Director | Matthias Mooij
Video Designer | Tal Yarden
Assistant Scenographer | Ramón Huijbrechts

PHOTOS

TRAILER

THEATRES

Barbican Theatre, 17/03/2017 - 19/03/2017

REVIEWS

‘Has a singularity of purpose that holds your attention from the opening blow to the very last asp’
‘Shakespeare as never before’

STORYLINE

The three Roman tragedies reveal the political game in all its facets. Coriolanus takes place during the rise of the Roman Republic. The eponymous hero refuses to submit to the changed political constellation. He defies the masses and their new representatives and is banished. Ultimately he takes up arms against Rome, his own city. Julius Caesar acquires power because, by contrast, he is a virtuoso in manipulating the masses. A number of politicians fear the advent of a dictatorship and remove him in order to save the democracy, but by then it is already too late to reverse the changed political climate. In Antony & Cleopatra, global politics and the passionate love between the Roman Antony and the Egyptian Cleopatra become intertwined. Antony’s inner conflict between public responsibility and his heart’s desire leads to a blood-bath.