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Jude Law to star in Ivo van Hove-directed play Obsession

Jude Law. Photo: Kobby Dagan/Shutterstock
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Jude Law is to star in a stage adaptation of the 1943 film Obsession directed by Ivo van Hove.

The premiere is one of four plays to be helmed by Van Hove as part of a residency at the Barbican in London by his company Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

Law will star in the premiere of Obsession – adapted from Italian film Ossessione – which runs at the Barbican from April 19 to May 20 next year.

The actor, whose last major stage role was Henry V in the West End in 2014, said he knew Van Hove was “someone I really wanted to have the opportunity to work with” after seeing his productions A View from the Bridge and Antigone.

Law continued: “I can’t wait to return to the Barbican, where I performed 22 years ago with the RSC, to take on the role of Gino, immortalised in the 1943 classic, Ossessione by Luchino Visconti, whose films I adore.”

As well as Obsession, Van Hove will revive his 2009 Dutch production Roman Tragedies – an edited trilogy of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caeser and Antony and Cleopatra.

The six-hour production will run at the Barbican for three days from March 17 to March 19, with a press performance on the first night.

Later in the year, Van Hove will stage a double bill on plays based on films by Ingmar Bergman – After the Rehearsal/Persona.

The plays will be performed back to back from September 27 to 30, with a press performance on the first night.

Announcing the residency, Van Hove said: “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, a venue I consider to be our London home.”

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