Kings of War, Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Kings of War (Henry V, 1, 2, 3 Henry VI, and Richard III) 
Presented in Dutch     
Premiere at Wiener Festwochen, Austria: June 5, 2015
Touring 2016

A radical reworking of Shakespeare's Henry V, 1, 2 and 3, Henry VI, and Richard III, combining bold cuts - 1 Henry VI is reduced to two brief sequences totalling just under 200 words - with van Hove's characteristic attention to the nuances of the Shakespearean text. Other prominent features are: the use of live video footage, a flock of sheep when Henry VI fantasies about being a 'homely swain', and the layering of the performance space - a brightly lit white corridor wraps around the main stage and a huge screen and a ceiling-high wall mirror bring additional depth to the main staging area.

Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Henry V/Richmond: Ramsey Nasr
Grey/Henry VI: Eelco Smits
Richard III: Hans Kesting
Charles VI/Warwick/Stanley: Hugo Koolschijn
Gloucester/Buckingham: Aus Greidanus Jr
Exeter/Prince of Wales: Alwin Pulinckx
Chief of Staff/York/Edward IV: Bart Siegers
Montjoy/Leonora/Elizabeth: Chris Nietvelt
Cardinal/Rivers: Fred Goessens
Williams/Prince Edward/Prince of York: Harm Duco Schut
Katharina/Lady Anne: Hélène Devos
Duchess of York: Marieke Heebink
Dauphin/Suffolk/Clarence: Robert de Hoog
Margareta: Janni Goslinga

Creative Team
Director: Ivo van Hove
Translator: Rob Klinkenberg
Adaptation: Bart Van Den Eynde, Peter van Kraaij
Dramaturg: Peter van Kraaij
Scenography and Lighting Designer: Jan Versweyveld
Composer: Eric Sleichim
Costume Designer: An D'Huys
Video Designer: Tal Yarden
Production Photographer: Jan Versweyveld

Countertenor: Steve Dugardin
BLINDMAN [brass]: Max van den Brand, Konstantin Koev, Charlotte van Passen, Daniel Quiles Cascant, Daniel Ruibal Ortigueira

Technical Director: Götz Schwörer
Production Manager: Michiel van Schijndel
Technical Manager: Reyer Meeter
Carpenters: Wouter Breepoel, Kevin Cuyvers, Zinzi Kemper, Stephan Pot
Sound Operators: Emile Bleeker, Erwin Sterk
Lighting Operators: Ruud de Vos, Martijn Smolders
Video Technicians: Martijn Hoogland, Kari Klomp, Mark Thewessen, Emo Weemhoff (camera operator)
Props Manager: David Logger
Surtitles Operator: Erik Borgman
Hair and make-up: David Verswijveren
Costume/Wardrobe: Wim van Vliet

Co-Produced by: BLINDMAN, Holland Festival, Muziektheater Transparant, Rabobank Amsterdam and Harry and Marijke van den Bergh

Tour Dates and Locations:
April 22-May 1, 2016 At the Barbican Centre, London, UKThe Barbican Centre, London, UK
(Co-Commissioned by: the Barbican, Théâtre National de Chaillot, and Wiener Festwochen)

November 3-6, 2016 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), New York, USA     

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Selected Reviews:

Published Scholarly Work:
Johanson, Kristine: “Leiderschap en Macht: Ivo van Hove's Kings of War” in Shakespeare Newsletter, 2016 Spring; 65 (2 [296]): 61, 66-67.

Sonia Massai, programme note for the Barbican leg of the international tour of Kings of War (2016).

Sonia Massai, “Directing the Classics” in Susan Bennett and Sonia Massai, Ivo van Hove: From Shakespeare to Bowie (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).