Ivo Van Hove’s Re: Creating Europe to be streamed for MIF LIVE

Ivo Van Hov

MIF LIVE, Manchester International Festival’s free online programme for audiences at home, continues this week with Re:Creating Europe, an exploration of Europe through the words that have defined its history, directed by prolific theatre director Ivo van Hove. It will be streamed on MIF’s YouTube channel on Friday 1 May, 7.30pm, introduced with a piece specially recorded for this online presentation, written and read by Michael Morpurgo.

Re: Creating Europe weaves together a multi-layered tapestry of words from artists, thinkers and political leaders – from Shakespeare to Goethe, Churchill to Obama – to explore the essence of Europe, and inviting audiences to consider its  past, present and future. This thought-provoking production was originally presented at the Festival in July 2019, with a cast including Adjoa Andoh, Christopher Eccleston, Lemn Sissay, Juliet Stevenson and Michael Morpurgo joining van Hove’s Internationaal Theater Amsterdam on stage at The Lowry in Salford.

Michael Morpurgo says: “I have lived my life in the shadow and aftermath of great European wars, and in the hope and expectation of a new Europe that was rising out of the ashes of war and suffering. I belong to a family of nations learning to work together, trade together, to be together, a family determined to turn swords into ploughshares, suspicion and hate into understanding and goodwill. To have been part of Manchester International Festival’s Re:Creating Europe means a great deal to me, as a Belgian, as an Englishman, as a European.”

Re:Creating Europe is an Internationaal Theater Amsterdam–De Balie production, presented by Manchester International Festival and supported by the Forum on European Culture.

Also this week is the next in the MIF Encounters series of talks and discussions.

How Do We Reclaim Our Planet, from MIF19’s Utopia Now summit, is chaired by VICE’s Zing Tsjeng, and features climate justice champion Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in conversation with human rights lawyer Tessa Khan, who has spent a decade building movements for social and economic equality, justice and peace. The discussion will be streamed on Thursday 30 April at 12.30pm.

Supported by MIF’s new artist fund for creative practitioners whose livelihoods are affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the MIF LIVE programme also features a reimagined version of the micro-festival series, Festival in My House. This week is Paying Attention! (Wednesday 29 April, 7.30pm), an online queer literature festival featuring readings from six queer writers in Manchester, working across all forms from poetry to performance and from fiction to theatre. Teaming up in pairs across the course of the evening, poets Frankie Blaus and Roma Havers, writer-performers Mandla Rae and Ella Otomewo, and novelists Okechukwu Nzelu and Rosie Garland will be reading from their work and discussing their practice.

MIF LIVE shows are being streamed via MIF’s YouTube channel. For more information and programme updates, visit

MIF LIVE strands:

MIF Rewind (Fridays, from 7.30pm)

MIF will be turning back the clock and streaming events from previous Festivals – in full and for free.

MIF Encounters (Thursdays, from 12.30pm)

An opportunity to spend time with a selection of Manchester International Festival artists through weekly broadcasts of archive digital talks and discussions.

Festival in My House… And Yours (Wednesdays, from 7.30pm)

Inspired by long-running Festival in My House series, Manchester artists will create and present their own micro-international festivals in their homes – and then stream them online, live and for free.

MIF Extras

Deep-dive into previous Festivals, listen to MIF Originals podcast – and play video games by Nina Freeman and Paloma Dawkins.

MIF has also published a growing list of resources for artist and freelancers, providing sources of information, advice and funding. For more information, please vist

Ivo van Hove directs Internationaal Theater Amsterdam in the UK premiere of a new theatrical adaptation of Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Ivo van Hove directs Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) in the UK premiere of a new theatrical adaptation of Death in Venice, which draws on the eponymous novella by Thomas Mann, and events in the German author’s own life. It is part of the Barbican’s Inside Out season, a year exploring the relationship between our inner lives and creativity.

An intense infatuation fuels the tension between social expectations and personal desire in this deft combination of theatre and music. 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 the real world.

Death in Venice is adapted for the stage by former Dutch poet laureate and ITA ensemble actor Ramsey Nasr, who performs the role of Aschenbach. It highlights the inner struggle of an artist who channels his experiences through his writing whilst also introducing the viewpoint of Mann’s wife. New music by American composer Nico Muhly features alongside Strauss and Schoenberg, performed live by Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia conducted by Ben Glassberg, and counter tenor Yuriy Mynenko.

Death in Venice is performed in Dutch with English surtitles.

Ramsey Nasr, ITA, said: “While researching Death in Venice I found out that this novella was Thomas Mann’s most autobiographical work, recalled in the memoirs of his wife Katia, at the end of her life. Every scene in the novella, every event happening to Von Aschenbach had happened to Mann himself whilst on vacation in Venice with his wife. It made me wonder: what was it like for her to witness it all? That gave me all the ingredients for a drama encapsulating the story.”

David Butcher, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Britten Sinfonia said: ‘The Barbican and Britten Sinfonia, as its Associate Ensemble, enjoy a dynamic collaborative relationship which over the years has resulted in a string of world leading performances of major new opera and dance in the Barbican Theatre. For Britten Sinfonia, working with leading international choreographers, performers and designers, often on stage, and bringing music to audiences beyond the concert hall, has been a particularly stimulating experience. We look forward to continuing this vibrant exploration of the meeting of music and theatre with Ivo van Hove, one of theatre’s most inventive and inspiring directors.’

Since 2001, Ivo van Hove has been General Director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA, formerly Toneelgroep Amsterdam). The Barbican’s relationship with Van Hove and ITA began with the six-hour epic production of Roman Tragedies in 2009, followed by Antonioni Project (2011) and Scenes from a Marriage (2013). Van Hove directed Juliette Binoche in Antigone, a Barbican production, in 2015, and the following year the Barbican staged another of Van Hove’s Shakespeare marathons, Kings of War. In 2017 the Barbican hosted an ITA residency, which saw Roman Tragedies return, followed by Obsession with Jude Law (a Barbican co-production) and After the Rehearsal/Persona. Last year saw the long-awaited return of the renowned Comédie-Française to London with The Damned (Les Damnés) directed by Van Hove at the Barbican. Later this year (Friday 5–Thursday 11 June 2020) he directs the celebrated screen and stage actress, Isabelle Huppert, in the UK premiere at the Barbican of The Glass Menagerie by Odéon–Théâtre de l’Europe, Paris.

In 2014 Van Hove directed A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic for which he won Best Director at the Olivier Awards and Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards. The production transferred to the West End and played on Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards for Best Play Revival and Best Director. Van Hove staged the world premiere of the opera Brokeback Mountain (2014) at Teatro Real in Madrid and Lazarus (2015) by David Bowie and Enda Walsh which played at Kings Cross Theatre and in Amsterdam having transferred from New York Theatre Workshop. In 2016 Van Hove’s Tony Award-nominated The Crucible, with Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw, played on Broadway. At the National Theatre, Van Hove has directed Hedda Gabler (2016) and Network (2018) with Bryan Cranston. In 2019 Van Hove adapted All About Eve for the stage, starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James at the Noël Coward Theatre, and The Diary of One Who Disappeared for The Royal Opera. Van Hove’s new staging of West Side Story is currently on Broadway. He was awarded the Dutch state art prize – the Johannes Vermeer prize, last year.

All About Eve to be broadcast live from the Noël Coward Theatre to cinemas across the UK and internationally on 11th April 2019 with National Theatre Live

Gillian Anderson and Lily James
  • All About Eve to be broadcast live from the Noël Coward Theatre to cinemas across the UK and internationally on 11th April 2019 with National Theatre Live 
  • Starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James and directed by Ivo van Hove, All About Eve will be shown in over 2,500 cinemas 
  • All About Eve begins previews in the West End on 2nd February. Best availability from late March 2019

Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions have today announced a live cinema broadcast for All About Eve. The world premiere of Ivo van Hove’s highly anticipated stage adaptation of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr will be broadcast on 11th April 2019 by NT Live. NT Live screens to 2,500 venues across 65 countries including 700 cinemas in the UK.

With just under two weeks until previews commence at the Noël Coward Theatre, Emmy Award-winning Gillian Anderson and Lily James lead the cast including Monica Dolan, Ian Drysdale, Tsion Habte, Jessie Mei Li, Julian Ovenden, Sheila Reid, Rhashan Stone, Stanley Townsend and Philip Voyzey.

Ivo van Hove’s direction will be accompanied by set and lighting design from Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and music from double Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?

 Ivo van Hove directs Gillian Anderson and Lily James in his new adaptation of All About Eve, a razor-sharp, unsettling exposé of the eternal obsession at the heart of show-business. Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

Throughout the run of All About Eve, over 20,000 tickets will be offered at £25 or under. Day Seats will be available each day from 10am at the Box Office, priced at £25. Audiences can also access seats through the Today Tix mobile and online lottery at the same price.

Since launching in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 8 million people at 2,500 venues in 65 countries. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts include Julius Caesar with David Morrissey and Ben Wishaw, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller, Follies with Imelda Staunton, Yerma with Billie Piper, Angels in America with Andrew Garfield and Russell Tovey, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with Daniel Radcliffe and Hedda Gabler with Ruth Wilson. Sky Arts is the UK sponsor for National Theatre Live.

Participating cinemas can be found here:

First Look: Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James

Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role

Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role.

Tickets go on public sale today for the National Theatre’s September – February season.

Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors, makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.  Hedda Gabler previews from 5 December in the Lyttelton Theatre.  Press night is 12 December.  The production will continue in repertoire with additional performances to be announced.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler © Lea Nielson

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

In this vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the CountryThe Red Lion), Ruth Wilson (LutherThe Affair) returns to the NT to play the title role alongside a cast which includes Rafe Spall (Constellations) Chukwudi Iwuji, currently playing Hamlet for the Public Theater in New York, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinéad Matthews and Kyle Soller, who is currently appearing as Francis in the BBC’s Poldark.   The production will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Hedda Gabler will be broadcast by NT Live to cinemas around the world on 9 March with encore performances from 23 March.

Hedda Gabler is supported by the Williams Charitable Trust.

The National Theatre Live line up – No Man’s Land, Saint Joan and Hedda Gabler

Following a celebrated run on Broadway and a UK tour, No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be broadcast from Wyndham’s Theatre on 15 December.  Produced by Playful Productions.

Josie Rourke’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, with Gemma Arterton, will be broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse on 16 February.

Ivo van Hove’s production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber, and with Ruth Wilson in the title role, will be broadcast from the NT on 9 March.

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