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Lasts app. 120’; no intermission.
Dutch with Turkish surtitles.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 19.15 session will start with the plaque ceremony.

19.15 Plaque Ceremony
20.00 Play Starts
The doors will be open during the Plaque Ceremony.

Medea, Oedipus and Alice are presented under the common denominator: ‘Dutch Focus’ and is supported by Dutch Performing Arts, a programme of the Performing Arts Fund NL.


  • Written by: Sophocles
  • Adapted and Directed by: Robert Icke
  • Translated into Dutch: Rob Klinkenberg
  • Scenography: Hildegard Bechtler
  • Light Design: Natasha Chivers
  • Video Design: Tal Yarden
  • Sound Design: Tom Gibbons
  • Costume Design: Wojciech Dziedzic
  • Private Producers: Joost & Marcelle Kuiper, Harry & Marijke van den Bergh, Joachim Fleury
  • Performers: Hans Kesting, Marieke Heebink, Hugo Koolschijn, Aus Greidanus jr., Alexander Elmecky, Bart Slegers, Frieda Pittoors, Hélène Devos, Harm Duco Schut, Bart Bijnens, Eva Heijnen

The extremely talented British theatre writer and director, the youngest ever winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Director, Robert Icke has been attracting a great deal of attention with his high-profile adaptations of classical pieces. He not only carries plays such as Orwell’s 1984, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Aeschylus’s Oresteia to the present day but gives them a whole new meaning. Icke, Ibsen Artist in Residence at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA), which spearheads Dutch theatre with its prestigious cast and directorial team and meets the audience in many different venues around the world while also hosting major festivals, is here with the 21st century Oedipus, which has been praised by The Times as ‘a superb interpretation that feels modern and timeless’.

This time Oedipus, Sophocles’ character that has become a staple in the history of science, is neither a psychological complex, nor a childhood experience, nor the first knot in a series of problems that need to be solved… He is a politician who finds out the greatest secret of his life! Moreover, he invites the audience to watch an election night.

Hans Kesting and Marieke Heebink (who has been nominated for the Theo d’Or for this role) deliver extraordinary performances as Oedipus and Jocasta, the cursed couple of centuries, reckoning with the dark histories of the characters they portray. With all of its naturalness, realism, and simplicity, we present Oedipus on the silver screen of Atlas 1948 Cinema...