Kings of War

November 3 – 6, 2016

Premiere US Premiere
Production Language Dutch
Country of Origin Netherlands
Description Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove returns to BAM with Toneelgroep Amsterdam and his second epic Shakespeare adaptation. Kings of War combines Henry V, Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3, and Richard III into a single, explosive play about the perils of leadership. It lays bare the political mechanisms of powerful men and their subordinates, and exposes the dichotomy between national interests and selfimportance. Henry V is an ambitious, yet inexperienced monarch, eager to prove his worth; Henry VI, an ineffectual ruler who fails to reconcile warring factions; and Richard, an egocentric despot. The action takes place in a modern-day war room. Cameras capture backroom dealings and a rousing battle cry is delivered via national broadcast. The interplay of live action and video reveals the disparate ways in which war is waged––from an air-conditioned room to a blighted street corner. In Dutch with English titles.
Identifier 2016f.01120