Image courtesy the Barbican
Invited to direct the illustrious troupe of Comédie-Française for the first time, Van Hove and his long-time collaborator Jan Versweyveld populate the Barbican stage with a company of 30 actors and technicians.
Archival footage and live recordings projected onto a screen form a counterpoint to the immense and involving action, the roving camera at times turned on audiences.
Pulsating sound and arresting visual metaphors heighten the impact of a play that 'really must be seen, sensed and felt' (New York Stage Review).
Contains adult themes, graphic violence and nudity.
Performed in French with English surtitles.
Crackling with intensity, this triumphant spectacle directed by Ivo van Hove depicts the disintegration of a society, undone through a venomous alliance, the drama finding unsettling parallels today.
Luchino Visconti's screenplay is the springboard for a ceaselessly creative production, which follows a family of German industrialists - the corrupt and debauched Essenbeck clan.
With echoes of Greek and Shakespearean tragedy, their deepening collusion with the nascent Nazi regime puts them on a perilous path to destruction.
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Performance days & times
Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm
Friday ‑ 7‑45pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm
Monday ‑ 7‑45pm
Tuesday ‑ 7‑45pm
Students are entitled to half-price tickets in advance for Wednesday evening. Proof of eligibility required on collection.
£12 per ticket.
Visitors with access requirements who have joined the Access Membership scheme may be eligible for reductions on tickets.
Author: Luchino Visconti
Composer: Eric Sleichim
Director: Ivo van Hove
Set designer: Jan Versweyveld
Costume designer: An D'Huys
Lighting: Jan Versweyveld
Sound: Eric Sleichim
Video designer: Tal Yarden
Dramaturg: Bart Van den Eynde