Ivo van Hove modernises Shakespeare at the théâtre national de Chaillot

From June 29th to July 5th, 2018, the théâtre national de Chaillot will welcome Belgian director Ivo van Hove and his company Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Created in 2008, the show "Tragédies romaines" (“Roman Tragedies”) revisits three Shakespearean tragedies published in 1623: "Antony and Cleopatra", "Coriolanus" and "Julius Caesar".

"Tragédies romaines": a study of the current political world
Through these three works, Ivo van Hove embarks on a meticulous critical analysis of contemporary political systems. It’s in a very modern scenography consisting of a congress centre that the characters evolve, inviting the spectators to join them on stage to have a drink or check their e-mails! For 6 hours, the performers reinterpret Shakespeare's three plays in their entirety, while highlighting the human side of politicians. By opposing passion to treason, dictatorship to democracy, love to duty, Ivo van Hove and his troupe deliver a sharp and powerful performance, without ever judging the politician torn between all his emotions. This disturbing and fascinating show is played in Dutch, with French overtitles. It is available only a few-minute walk away from the Green Hotels Paris, the Eiffel Trocadéro and the Gavarni.

“Tragédies romaines” by Ivo van Hove, from June 29th to July 5th, 2018.
Shows at 11:30a.m., 3:30p.m., or 6p.m. according to dates.
Full rate: €41 / Concessions: €34 / Youth fare: €15 and €18.

Tragédies romaines © Jan Versweyveld

Théâtre National de Chaillot
1, place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 30 00
Metro: Trocadéro (lines 6 and 9) or Iéna (line 9).

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