Jude Law plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Viscontiís penetrating social drama directed by Ivo van Hove.Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Hanna (played by Halina Reijn) at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Hanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.
Viscontiís first feature film Obsession (1943) gave rise to Italian neorealism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval. As Van Hoveís fourth Visconti production, it features a company of Dutch and British actors led by Law, whose charismatic stage and screen performances have established him as one of the foremost actors of his generation.
Obsession is one of three Toneelgroep Amsterdam productions directed here by Ivo van Hove in 2017. See After the Rehearsal/ Persona in September.
Please note that this performance contains nudity, scenes of a sexual nature, and loud gun shots. Strobe lights are used and smoking will also take place on stage.
Please be aware that the performance on Thursday 11 May will now start at 7pm and audiences must be seated no later than 6.45pm. This is due to the NT live streaming at this performance.
Approximately 1 hour 50 mins/no interval
Age guidance 16+ (contains adult themes)
Performed in English
Post-show talk 27 Apr Free to same-show ticketholders
NT Live 11 May, 7pm Obsession will be broadcast live to Barbican Cinema 1 and cinemas around the UK and internationally on Thursday 11 May. To find your nearest venue, click here
18 May, 7.45pm Audio-described and captioned performance