The highlight, for fans of film and drama alike, is without doubt the world premiere of Obsession. Ivo Van Hove has adapted Luchino Visconti's eponymous film into theatre, performed in English by a cast led by homegrown heartthrob and global star Jude Law. With two such megastars and just 35 London performances, Obsession is set to be another Barbican sellout of Cumberbatch Hamlet's computer-crashing scale.
“It’s very exciting to bring British actors and specifically Jude Law together with actors from our Toneelgroep Amsterdam ensemble for the first time. Obsession is a raw and timeless tale about idealised love and its fleeting nature. Major themes that resonate for all time which I am looking forward to staging at the Barbican," says the director.
After astounding London with 2014's potent, pacy reworking of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge (which went on to stun in New York after selling out at the Young Vic, then on the West End), the Dutch dramaturg has lived up to his own hype.
It's not just critics and audiences that were impressed; since seeing the director's work staged at the Young Vic and the Barbican, Jude Law has 'really wanted to have the opportunity to work with' Ivo Van Hove. Now, 22 years after treading the Barbican boards with the RSC, he returns to play Gino, a compellingly charismatic drifter.
Since last performing at the Barbican, Law has become a household name thanks to starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as The Talented Mr Ripley and Alfie. But, as those lucky enough to see his 2009 turn as Hamlet know, his talents are just as vivid in the intimacy of the theatre.
Obsessione film still
Law returns to the London stage to play handsome down-and-out Gino, whose irrepressible attraction to another man's wife provokes first passion, then destruction and a distinctly chilling climax.
Based on James M. Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, Luchino Visconti's 1943 screen debut Ossessione is a classic of Italian Cinema, with a ground-breaking portrayal of quotidian lives and struggles that inspired the neorealism movement. This stage adaptation is Van Hove's fourth Visconti production and we look forward to seeing how he refigures the story for this English update.
Obsession is coproduced by the Barbican, Holland Festival and Van Hove's native theatre Toneelgroep Amsterdam. After its world premiere in London, the show will tour to Vienna, Amsterdam and Luxembourg. There are only 25 performances in London and tickets will fly. Make sure you book fast.
|What||A world premiere from Ivo Van Hove and Jude Law: Obsession, Barbican Centre|
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
19 Apr 17 – 20 May 17, 7:45 PM – 9:35 PM
|Price||£16 - £60|
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican Centre|