Barbican/Toneelgroep Amsterdam
based on the film by Luchino Visconti

19 April 2017 - 20 May 2017 / 19:45, 14:30, 15:00, 19:00

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

Obsession programmes are available to buy here 

Supported by

Produced by the Barbican Theatre Productions Limited and Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Thť‚tres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions

Obsession is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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