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Kings of War

Shakespeare + Ivo van Hove

Eight years after the sensational Roman Tragedies, Ivo van Hove returns with his incredible theatrical machine to present another Shakespearian trilogy.

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Shakespeare + Ivo van Hove (Amsterdam) Toneelgroep Amsterdam

As the head of Toneelgroep Amsterdam since 2001, the Belgian director Ivo van Hove has enjoyed a spectacular career.

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Media Coverage

“The first great theatrical work of the Trump era.”

The New Yorker, 2016-11-11


“Kings of War takes the home-viewing pleasures associated with serial television portraits of cutthroat schemers, like those in House of Cards and The Sopranos, and magnifies them to the proportions of grand opera.”

New York Times, 2016-11-04


“A wonderful study of the modern ruling class […]. Van Hove’s production highlights Shakespeare’s profound understanding of the role of naked power-hunger in the body politic.”

The Guardian, 2016-05-01


“This marathon production is both mordant and mesmeric.”

The Independent, 2016-04-25



“This is Shakespeare for the 21st century, shorn of majesty, unlovely and horribly familiar. (…) It’s realised with ingenuity, intelligence and verve: a hurtling history play for today.”

The Times, 2016-04-25



“Van Hove’s production is utterly engaging. (…) Van Hove’s compression of the histories is a timely reminder that across the centuries, Shakespeare’s knowledge of the human heart remains unwithered by age, unstaled by familiarity.”

The Telegraph, 2016-04-23