Ivo van Hove’s epic is ‘one of the most audacious Shakespeare productions of the modern era’ (Time Out), and immerses you in the midst of the multimedia action.
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.
Roman Tragedies turns audience members into citizens, inviting them to move freely around the auditorium, have refreshments, view the protagonists from different perspectives and live tweet about the experience. First seen at the Barbican in 2009, the six-hour show combines brilliant ensemble acting, running from the cerebral to the raw, with astonishing stagecraft and an electric sense of immediacy.
Roman Tragedies is one of three Toneelgroep Amsterdam productions directed here by Ivo van Hove in 2017. See Obsession in April and After the Rehearsal/Persona in September
6 hours/several short intermissions
Age guidance 16+
Performed in Dutch with English surtitles
Please note Roman Tragedies contains strobe lighting. The performance of Antony and Cleopatra also contains a live snake.