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Simon Stone’s 5* contemporary reinvention of Medea, performed by Internationaal Theater Amsterdam with award-winning performance by Marieke Heebink

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Internationaal Theater Amsterdam  

Award-winning Simon Stone directs the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (formerly Toneelgroep Amsterdam) ensemble in a taut contemporary retelling of Euripides’ Medea. Marieke Heebink’s star turn as the central protagonist Anna won her the prestigious Dutch acting award, the Theo d’Or.

After involuntary confinement in a psychiatric hospital, Anna, once a successful doctor, is determined to put things right. Willing to forgive her husband’s affair with a younger woman, she wants a fresh start with him and their children. But he has different plans. Sidelined and in danger of losing everything, she is driven into a corner and sees only one way out. With incomparable performances by the ensemble, magnified at times by live video, audiences are turned into complicit witnesses.

Medea is performed in Dutch with English surtitles.

Medea premiered at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam in 2014 before embarking on two nationwide tours around The Netherlands. It remains part of the company’s repertoire and has also played at Centro Dramático Nacional, Madrid in 2018.

'This is world-class theatre. A first-rate adaptation, by a first-class director, powered by first-class performances. Exquisitely, brutally bold.'
The Stage ***** 20/11/2018

Simon Stone is an Australian director, writer and actor, who reinvents the classics. Stone gained five-star reviews at the Barbican for The Wild Duck in 2014 and his recent production of Yerma (2016) starring Billie Piper, which played at the Young Vic twice before transferring to New York, won multiple Olivier and Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Born in 1984 in Basel, Stone founded the theatre company The Hayloft Project in Melbourne after he graduated in 2007. Stone was Resident Director at Belvoir Sydney between 2011 and 2013, and a House Director at Theater Basel in 2015. Medea is Stone’s directing debut at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, and he has since directed Husbands and Wives and Ibsen House for the company. Stone’s directorial debut film, The Daughter, based on The Wild Duck, premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and went on general release in Australia.

Marieke Heebink joined the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam ensemble in 1994 and has performed in many of the company’s productions at the Barbican including Roman Tragedies (2009 and 2017), Antonioni Project (2011), Kings of War (2016) and After the Rehearsal/Persona (2017). Heebink has been nominated for the Theo d’Or (the Dutch equivalent of the Olivier Awards) for her performances in Persona, Oedipus and Zes personages op zoek and has twice won the coveted award for her performances in The Constant Wife (1999) and Medea (2015).

Notes to Editors

Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg and Toneelgroep Amsterdam merged on 1 January 2018 under the name International Theatre Amsterdam (ITA). International Theatre Amsterdam (ITA) is one of the leading lights in Dutch theatre, with a large ensemble of world famous actors and a pioneering team of directors. Performances are held not only at the Amsterdam venue, but also at around 100 other venues around the world. The new theatre is a major Talent Centre focusing on education, development and collaboration. ITA is home to major festivals such as Brandhaarden, Julidans, the Holland Festival and the Netherlands Theatre Festival.


Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (Toneelgroep Amsterdam) 
Australia/The Netherlands  
Based on Euripides
Written and Directed by Simon Stone 
Translation by Vera Hoogstad and Peter van Kraaij 
Dramaturgy by Peter Van Kraaij 
Set Design by Bob Cousins 
Lighting by Bernie van Velzen 
Sound by Stefan Gregory 
Costumes by An D’Huys 
With Fred Goessens, Aus Greidanus Jr, Marieke Heebink, Eva Heijnen, Leon Voorberg, Jip Smit, Faas Jonkers, Poema Kitseroo
Wed 6–Sat 9 Mar 2019 (4 performances)
Barbican Theatre
1 hour 20 mins/no interval
£16-40 plus booking fee
Age guidance: 16+
Press night: Wed 6 Mar 2019, 7.45pm
Presented by the Barbican