Kings of War

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In Kings of War the director Ivo van Hove combines three of Shakespeare’s history plays to form an explosive compilation on the theme of power and responsibility. 

It is the view of the director Ivo Van Hove that the way the notion of leadership is shaped is one of the major challenges of the decades to come. In Kings of War, he combines three of Shakespeare’s history plays – Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III – to form an explosive compilation on the theme of power and responsibility.
On the basis of the successive kings, Henry V, an ambitious soldier, Henry VI, a cry-baby with no backbone, and Richard III, a power-drunk intriguer, van Hove outlines the way power is linked to the character of the ruler and to the purpose for which it is employed. The intrigues between the kings and their retinues of counsellors and relatives are played out in an underground bunker and a labyrinth behind the stage that is made visible to the audience on video screens. The political games of manipulation, conspiracy and murder also reverberate in the dramatic score composed by Eric Sleichim. After an international tour and a series of performances in Paris, this successful production will once again be touring in the 2016-17 season.

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Produced by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, co-produced by Muziektheater Transparant, BL!NDMAN, Holland Festival, Barbican London, Théâtre National de Chaillot and Wiener Festwochen.

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Festival Dialog Wroclaw (Wroclaw)
+48 71 777 87 43
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20/10/2017
21/10/2017
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00:00
Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam (Amsterdam)
+31 20 624 23 11
www.stadsschouwburgamsterdam.nl
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15/12/2017
16/12/2017
17/12/2017
20/12/2017
21/12/2017
22/12/2017
19:00
19:00
15:30
19:00
19:00
19:00
Adelaide Festival (Adelaide)
+61 8 8216 4444
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10/3/2018
11/3/2018
12/3/2018
13/3/2018
19:00
19:00
17:00
18:30
Festival TransAmériques (Montréal)
+1 514 84 20 704
www.fta.qc.ca
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24/5/2018
25/5/2018
26/5/2018
27/5/2018
19:00
19:00
14:00
14:00

Composition: Eric SleichimText: William Shakespeare • Direction: Ivo van HoveDramaturgy: Peter Van Kraaij • Scenography | Lighting design: Jan VersweyveldVideo: Tal Yarden • Costume Design: An D'HuysActors: Alwin Pulinckx • Aus Greidanus jr. • Bart Slegers • Chris Nietvelt • Eelco Smits • Fred Goessens • Hans Kesting • Hélène Devos • Hugo Koolschijn • Janni Goslinga • Ramsey Nasr • Robert de Hoog • Harm Duco Schut • Countertenor: Steve Dugardin • Ensemble: BL!NDMAN [brass]