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Ivo van Hove has been director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam since 2001. In season 19|20, he will be directing Freud (coproduction FC Bergman) and Who killed my father (Edouard Louis) and his directing of A little life, Death in Venice, After the rehearsal / Persona, La voix humaine, Kings of war and Roman Tragedies will be reprised.

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Ivo van Hove (Belgium, 1958) began his career as a theatre director in 1981 with his own productions (Germs, Rumours). He then went on to be the artistic leader of AKT, Akt-Vertikaal and De Tijd. From 1990 to 2000, he was director of Het Zuidelijk Toneel. From 1998 to 2004, Van Hove managed the Holland Festival. Here he annually presented his selection of international theatre, music, opera and dance. Since 1984, he has been one of the artistic leaders of the Dramatic Arts department of the University College Antwerp. In 2001, Van Hove became director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

Productions by Ivo van Hove have been performed at e.g. the Festival d'Avignon, Edinburgh International Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Holland Festival, Theater der Welt and the Wiener Festwochen. He directed the ensembles of La Comédie-Française, the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Staatstheater Stuttgart and New York Theatre Workshop. For Joop van den Ende, Van Hove directed the musical Rent. At the Vlaamse Opera, he staged Lulu (Alban Berg) and the entire Ring des Nibelungen by Wagner (2006 - 2008). At the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, he staged Janácek’s The Makropulos Affair and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. In 2014, he directed the world premiere of the opera Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real. Van Hove directed A view from the Bridge (2015) and The Crucible (2016) on Broadway and Lazarus, David Bowie’s musical theatre show, in New York. For Dutch television, he made Home Front and in 2009, his first feature film Amsterdam was released.

At Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Van Hove directed e.g. Angels in America by Tony Kushner, marathon performances Roman tragedies and Kings of war based on Shakespeare, Opening Night and Husbands by John Cassavetes, Rocco and his brothers and Obsession by Luchino Visconti, Teorema based on Pier Paolo Pasolini (co-production Ruhrtriennale), Antonioni Project by Michelangelo Antonioni, Cries and whispers, Scenes from a marriage, and After the rehearsal / Persona by Ingmar Bergman, La voix humaine by Jean Cocteau, Summer trilogy by Carlo Goldoni, Children of the sun by Maxim Gorky, The miser by Molière, Mourning becomes Electra and A long day’s journey into night by O'Neill, The Russians! by Tom Lanoye based on Anton Chekhov, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Mary Stuart by Schiller and The hidden force, The things that pass and Small souls by Louis Couperus, A little life by Hanya Yanagihara and Death in Venice after Thomas Mann.

Van Hove’s work has been awarded often: e.g. two Obie Awards for best directing of an off-Broadway production in New York (for More Stately Mansions and Hedda Gabler), the East Flanders Oeuvre Prize (1995), the Theatre Festival Prize (1996), the Archangel Award at the Edinburgh Festival (1999) and the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004) in France. In 2007, he received the Prijs van de Kritiek in the Netherlands. In 2008, he received the Prosceniumprijs, a Dutch oeuvre award, together with Jan Versweyveld and in 2012 the Amsterdam Business Oeuvre Award. In 2014, van Hove received an honorary doctorate for general merit from the University of Antwerp and in 2015, two Olivier Awards for A View From the Bridge and the Amsterdam Award for the Arts for proven quality, with Jan Versweyveld. In 2016, Van Hove received two Tony Awards, two Drama League Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Grands Prix de la Critique. King Filip of Belgium awarded Van Hove Commander of the Order of the Crown and he received the Flemish Culture Prize for Overall Cultural Merit 2015 from the Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz.

'Ivo van Hove's work has been groundbreaking in opening up  audiences' understanding of classic texts and films. His work is unique, raw, shocking, surprising, hilarious – everything you want theatre to be – and he doesn't shy away from the ugly or the profane. In a word, stunning, with a capital ‘S’.'
 Cate Blanchett




Selected plays for the Dutch and/or Flamish Theatre Festival: MacBeth, Lulu, Ajax/Antigone, Het Begeren onder de Olmen, Rijkemanshuis, Caligula, Koppen, Romeo and Julia, De Onbeminden, India Song, De dame met de Camelia’s, Mourning becomes Electra, Crusades, Opening Night, Roman Tragedies, Children of the sun, And we'll never be parted, Husbands, After the rehearsal / Persona, Long day's journey into night, The Fountainhead, Kings of war and The things that pass.

Nomination Tony Award best direction of a play | Network
Johannes Vermeer Prize
VSCD Oeuvre Prize

Nomination Olivier Award Best Production | Network
Nomination Jeff Awards Best Director | A view from the bridge, Goodman Theatre
Stanislavsky Award for outstanding achievement on the world art of directing

Richard B. Fisher Next Wave Award
Molière for Best play | Les Damnés, La Comédie-Française
Molière for Best visual creation | Les Damnés, La Comédie-Française
Nomination Molière for Best Direction | Les Damnés, La Comédie-Française
NR. 2 NRC Culture Top 100

Leading Global Thinker | Foreign Policy
IJ Award 2016
Flemish Culture Prize for Overall Cultural Merit 2015
Commander in the Order of the Crown
NR. 1 NRC Culture Top 100
Tony Award Best Direction of a Play| A View from the Bridge
Tony Award Best Revival of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Tony Award Best Revival of a Play | The Crucible
Drama League Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
Drama League Award Outstanding Revival of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Drama League Award Outstanding Revival of a Play | The Crucible
Honorary Citizen of Ham, Belgium
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Molière Best Director | Vu du Pont, Théâtre de l'Odéon
Nomination Molière Best Revival | Vu du Pont, Théâtre de l'Odéon
Outer Critics Circle Award Best Director (Lucille Lortel Award) | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Best Revival | A View from the Bridge
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Best Revival | The Crucible
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical | Lazarus, NYTW
Grand Prix de la Critique Best foreign production | Kings of war
Grand Prix de la Critique Best production | Vu du pont

Amsterdam Award for the Arts 2015, with Jan Versweyveld
Olivier Award Best Director | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham's theatre
Olivier Award Best Revival | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic and Wyndham's theatre
Nomination Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Director (Lucille Lortel Award) | Scenes From a Marriage
Critics’ Circle Theatre Award Best Director | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic

Honorary doctorate for general merit, the University of Antwerp
Nomination Helpmann Award 'best direction of a play' | Roman Tragedies
Nomination Evening Standard Theatre Award 'Best Director' | A View from the Bridge, Young Vic

Nomination Amsterdam Award for the Arts 2013 | Toneelgroep Amsterdam / Ivo van Hove

Grand Prix Mira Trailović | Children of the Sun
Amsterdam Business Oeuvre Award

Proscenium Prize, with Jan Versweyveld

Prijs van de Kritiek (prize awarded by Dutch theatre critics)

Obie Award  best direction, best actor, best actress, best set design, for Hedda Gabler

Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French embassy for his valuable contribution to the development of art and culture in an international context

Johan Fleerackers Prize for collaboration between Dutch and Flemish theatre

Arch Angel for best direction at the Edinburgh Festival, for India Song

Herald Angel at the Edinburgh Festival, for More Stately Mansions

Obie Award for best direction of an off-Broadway production, for More Stately Mansions

Oeuvre Prize from East Flanders

Theatre Festival Prize for Caligula

Thalia Prize for oeuvre

Publieks (Audience) Prize for Rijkemanshuis

Oscar de Gruyter Prize for best direction for Macbeth


2019 - 2020
Freud | after Jean-Paul Sartre (coproductie FC Bergman)
Who killed my father | Edouard Louis

2018 - 2019
A little life | Hanya Yanagihara
Death in Venice | after Thomas Mann, Ramsey Nasr (coproduction Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest)

2017 - 2018
Small souls | Louis Couperus

2016 - 2017

The things that pass | Louis Couperus (coproduction Toneelhuis)
Obsession | Lucino Visconti
The diary of one who disappeared | Leoš Janáček (coproduction Muziektheater Transparant)

2015 - 2016
The hidden force | Louis Couperus
the other voice | Ramsey Nasr

2014 - 2015
Kings of war | William Shakespeare
Mary Stuart | Friedrich Schiller (coproduction Toneelhuis)
Song from Far Away | Simon Stephens
Antigone | Sophocles

2013 - 2014
The Fountainhead | Ayn Rand
Long day's journey into night | Eugene O'Neill

2012 - 2013
After the rehearsal | Ingmar Bergman
Persona | Ingmar Bergman

2011 - 2012
The miser | Molière
Husbands | John Cassavetes

2010 - 2011
Children of the sun | Maxim Gorki (coproduction NTGent)
And we'll never be parted | Jon Fosse
the Russians! | after Tsjechov by Tom Lanoye

2009 - 2010
Teorema | Pier Paolo Pasoloni
Summer Trilogy| Carlo Goldoni

2008 - 2009
Antonioni project | Michelangelo Antonioni
La voix humaine | Jean Cocteau
Cries and whispers | Ingmar Bergman
Rocco and his brothers | Luchino Visconti

2007 - 2008
Angels in America | Tony Kushner
Kameliendame | Alexandre Dumas (coproduction Schauspielhaus Hamburg)

2006 - 2007
Roman Tragedies | William Shakespeare

2005 - 2006
Perfect wedding | Charles Mee
Opening night | John Cassavetes (coproduction NTGent)
Hedda Gabler van Henrik Ibsen

2004 - 2005
The taming of the shrew | William Shakespeare
Scènes from a marriage | Ingmar Bergman

2003 - 2004
Crusades| Alan Ayckbourn
Mourning becomes Electra | Eugene O'Neill

2002 - 2003
Three sisters | Anton Tchechov
Othello | William Shakespeare
Carmen | Oscar van Woensel

2001 - 2002
Con Amore | Jef Aerts

2000 - 2001
True Love | Charles Mee
The Massacre at Paris | Hafid Bouazza

1989 - 1990
Lulu | Frank Wedekind (coproduction De Tijd)


2020 - West Side Story
by Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim | Broadway, New York

2019 - Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht | DNO

2019 - Don Giovanni
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | L’Opéra national de Paris

2019 - Électre / Oreste
by Euripides | La Comédie-Française, Paris

2019 - All about Eve
by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Noël Coward Theatre, London

2018 - Network
by Lee Hall | Broadway, New York

2018 - Boris Godounov
by Modeste Moussorgski | Opéra Bastille, Paris

2017 - Network
by Lee Hall | National Theatre, London

2017 - Salome
by Richard Strauss | De Nationale Opera

2016 - Hedda Gabler
by Henrik Ibsen | National Theatre, London

2016 - The Damned
by Luchino Visconti | La Comédie-Française, Paris

2016 - The Crucible
by Arthur Miller | Broadway, New York

2016 - La Clemenza di Tito
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Teatr Wielki, Polish National Opera

2015 - Lazarus
by Enda Walsh | New York Theatre Workshop

2015 - A view from the bridge
by Arthur Miller | Lyceum Theatre, New York

2015 - Vu du pont
by Arthur Miller | L'Odéon, Paris

2015 - A view from the bridge
by Arthur Miller | Wyndham's Theatre, London

2014 - Scenes from a Marriage
by Ingmar Bergman | New York Theatre Workshop

2014 - A view from the bridge
by Arthur Miller | Young Vic, London

2014 - Brokeback Mountain
libretto by Annie Proulx, music by Charles Wuorinen | Teatro Real 

2013 - La Clemenza di Tito
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | De Munt Opera, Brussels

2013 - Seltsames Intermezzo
by Eugene O'Neill | Münchner Kammerspiele

2013 - Mazeppa
by Pjotr I. Tschaikowski | Komische Oper Berlin

2012 - Macbeth
by Giuseppe Verdi | L'Opéra de Lyon

2012 - Der Schatzgräber
by Franz Schreker | De Nederlandse Opera

2011 - Edward II
by Christopher Marlowe | Schaubühne Berlin 

2011 - Ludwig II
by Luchino Visconti | Münchner Kammerspiele

2010 - Der Menschenfeind
by Molière | Schaubühne Berlin

2010 - The Little Foxes
by Lillian Hellman | New York Theatre Workshop

2010 - Idomeneo, Re di Creta
by Mozart | De Munt Opera, Brussels

2008 - Kameliendame
by Alexandre Dumas fils | coproduction TA with Schauspielhaus Hamburg

2008 - Der Ring des Nibelungen, Götterdammerung
by Richard Wagner | The Flemish Opera

2007 - Der Ring des Nibelungen, Siegfried
by Richard Wagner | The Flemish Opera

2007 - The misanthrope
by Molière | New York Theatre Workshop

2007 - Der Ring des Nibelungen, die Walküre
by Richard Wagner | The Flemish Opera

2006 - Der Geizige (The Miser)
by Molière | Schauspielhaus Hamburg

2006 - Der Ring des Nibelungen, das Rheingold
by Richard Wagner | The Flemish Opera

2005 - Faces
by John Cassavetes | Theater der Welt, coproduction with Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Staatstheater Stuttgart

2004 - Hedda Gabler
by Henrik Ibsen | New York Theatre Workshop

2004 - Iolanta
by Pjotr Tchaikovsky | De Nederlandse Opera

2002 - De zaak Macropulos (The Macropulos Case)
by Leos Janácek | De Nederlandse Opera

2000 - Alice in Bed
by Susan Sontag | New York Theatre Workshop, coproduction Zuidelijk Toneel/Holland Festival

2000 - Rent
by Jonathan Larson | Joop van den Ende Theater Productions

1999 - Lulu
by Alban Berg (after Wedekind) | The Flemish Opera

1999-2000 - La Dame aux Camélias (Kamliendame)
by Alexandre Dumas | Zuidelijk Toneel

1998-1999 - India Song
by Marguerite Duras | Zuidelijk Toneel, coproduction with Holland Festival

1998 - A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams | New York Theatre Workshop

1997-1998 Romeo and Juliet: A study of a drowning body
by Peter Verhelst after Shakespeare | Zuidelijk Toneel, coproduction with Holland Festival

1996-1997 - Faces (Koppen)
by John Cassavetes | Zuidelijk Toneel, coproduction with Holland Festival

1996-1997 - Les Mal Aimés
by François Mauriac | Zuidelijk Toneel

1995-1996 - Caligula
by Albert Camus | Zuidelijk Toneel

1996 - More Stately Mansions
by Eugene O’Neill | New York Theatre Workshop

1995 - Gier unter Ulmen (Desire under the Elms)
by Eugene O’Neill | Staatstheater Stuttgart

1994-1995 - A Streetcar Named Desire (Tramlijn begeerte)
by Tennessee Williams | Zuidelijk Toneel

1994-1995 - Splendid's
by Jean Genet | Zuidelijk Toneel

1993-1994 - More Stately Mansions (Rijkemanshuis)
by Eugene O'Neill | Zuidelijk Toneel, coproduction Holland Festival

1993 - Die Bakchen (The Bacchae)
by Euripides | Schauspielhaus Hamburg

1992-1993 - Hamlet
by William Shakespeare | Zuidelijk Toneel, coproduction Antwerp European Cultural Capital 1993

1992-1993 - Saved (Gered)
by Edward Bond | Zuidelijk Toneel

1991-1992 - Desire under the Elms (Begeerte onder de olmen)
by Eugene O'Neill | Zuidelijk Toneel

1991-1992 - It's a pity she’s a whore
by John Ford | Zuidelijk Toneel

1990-1991 - Ajax/Antigone
by Sophocles | Zuidelijk Toneel

1990-1991 - South
by Julien Green | Zuidelijk Toneel

1989-1990 - Richard II
by William Shakespeare | Theater van het Oosten

1989-1990 - Jakow Bogomolow
by Maxim Gorky | De Tijd

1989-1990 - Lulu
by Frank Wedekind | De Tijd, coproduction Toneelgroep Amsterdam

1988-1989 - Mourning Becomes Electra
by Eugene O'Neill | Zuidelijk Toneel

1988-1989 - Don Carlos
by Friedrich von Schiller | De Tijd

1987-1988 - Dans la solitude des champs de coton
by Bernard-Marie Koltès | De Tijd

1987-1988 - Macbeth
by William Shakespeare | De Tijd

1986-1987 - The Bacchae
by Euripides | akt/vertikaal

1985-1986 - Russian Gambit
by Heiner Müller | akt/vertikaal

1985-1986 - ImitationS
akt/vertikaal (group project)

1984-1985 - India Song
by Marguerite Duras | akt/vertikaal

1984-1985 - Miracles of Humanity
akt/vertikaal (group project)

1984-1985 - Wild Men
akt/vertikaal (group project)

1983-1984 - Morocco
by Botho Strauss | Akt

1983-1984 - Agatha
by Marguerite Duras | Akt

1982-1983 - The Servant
by Harold Pinter | Vertikaal

1982-1983 - Like in the War (Als in de oorlog)
by Sophocles/Gie Laenen (as part of Europalia) | Akt

1981-1982 - Germs (Ziektekiemen)
by Ivo van Hove | Akt

1981-1982 - Rumours (Geruchten)
by Ivo van Hove | Akt


2010 - Amsterdam
by Jeroen Planting | produced by Martin Lagestee and Marijke van der Molen

1997 - Thuisfront (Home Front), NPS
by Peter van Kraaij | coproduction Zuidelijk Toneel



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