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Note: performed in Dutch with English surtitles and contains adult themes.
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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London EC2Y 8DS
Performance days & times
Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm
Friday ‑ 7‑45pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm
Achraf Koutet, Aus Greidanus Jr, Marieke Heebink, Ramsey Nasr, Steven van Watermeulen
Ben Glassberg - Conductor
Yuriy Mynenko - Countertenor
Jacqueline Shave - Leader
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