Flemish theatre director Ivo Van Hove is the director of the world premiere of Obsession at the Barbican in London, starring Jude Law alongside actors from Van Hove’s company Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
Obsession is van Hove’s fourth Visconti production. The play is the stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 debut film Ossessione. Visconti was inspired by the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934), by James M. Cain. The novel was filmed in 1981 with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. The play tells the story of the passionate affair between Gino and Giovanna and their plot to murder Giovanna’s husband Giuseppe. Following the Barbican run, the production will move on tour to Vienna, Amsterdam (as part of Holland Festival) and Luxembourg.
The Barbican has a long-standing relationship with Toneelgroep Amsterdam, which began with the six-hour epic production of Roman Tragedies in 2009. The company’s current residency there includes talks and workshops for young people alongside four plays, all directed by Van Hove: Kings of War, Obsession, Roman Tragedies and the double bill After the Rehearsal/Persona (the latter two productions performed in Dutch with English subtitles).
The production of Obsession runs until Saturday 20 May 2017. Further information appears here.
Previous blogs by The Low Countries on Van Hove include:
Photo: Halina Reijn en Jude Law © Jan Versweyveld