Death in Venice


Celebrated author Thomas Mann is in crisis. He is struggling with writer's block and a forbidden attraction to a young boy. Secluded in his workshop, he creates a fictional counterpoint of himself.
Death in Venice at Barbican Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Starts: Thursday 16 April 2020
Closes: Sunday 19 April 2020
Running time:1 hr 45 mins
Age suitability: 16+

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Background


Note: performed in Dutch with English surtitles and contains adult themes.

Synopsis


An intense infatuation fuels the tension between social expectations and personal desire in a show that deftly combines theatre and music, directed by Ivo van Hove.


Celebrated author Thomas Mann is in crisis.


He is struggling with writer's block and a forbidden attraction to a young boy.


Secluded in his workshop, he creates a fictional counterpoint of himself: Von Aschenbach, the man he dares not be in real life.


A classical score played live by Britten Sinfonia supports the ensuing whirl of emotions portrayed onstage as he sends his alter ego to Venice.


Adapted by former Dutch poet laureate Ramsey Nasr, who performs the role of Aschenbach, Death in Venice is based both on Mann's intimate novella and the author's own life.


Highlighting the inner struggle of an artist who channels his experiences into his literature, the drama also introduces the viewpoint of Mann's wife.


New music by American composer Nico Muhly features alongside Strauss and Schoenberg.


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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 16 April 2020

Closes:Sunday 19 April 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm


Matinee:
Sunday - 3-00pm

Tickets


Standard:
£16 - £60

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Cast


Achraf Koutet, Aus Greidanus Jr, Marieke Heebink, Ramsey Nasr, Steven van Watermeulen


Britten Sinfonia


Ben Glassberg - Conductor


Yuriy Mynenko - Countertenor


Jacqueline Shave - Leader


Creatives


Author: Ramsey Nasr, after Thomas Mann; Hans Hom (Translation)
Composer: New music by Nico Muhly features alongside Strauss and Schoenberg
Director: Ivo van Hove
Set designer: Jan Versweyveld
Costume designer: An D'Huys
Lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Video designer: Jan Versweyveld
Production: Internationaal Theater Amsterdam; Co-produced by Théâtre du Châtelet and Croatian National Theatre Zagreb

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