Ivo van Hove is to direct a stage adaptation of the film The Damned and Simon Stone is to adapt and direct Medea as part of the Barbican Theatre’s 2019 season.
Comedie-Francaise will make will make their first UK appearance in nearly 20 years with The Damned, adapted from Luchino Visconti’s screenplay, which is performed in French and runs June 19 to 25.
Stone’s adaptation of Medea will be performed in dutch by Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, starring Marieke Heebink in the lead role.
The season runs from January to June 2019, with other highlights including Cheek by Jowl and Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre’s production of Francis Beaumont’s comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle, and a revival of Gecko’s The Wedding.
Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre will also bring three UK premieres to the Barbican Theatre and Pit; Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, The Good Person of Szechwan and Mother’s Field.
It also features a celebration of US choreographer Merce Cunningham, with at the Night of 100 Solos on the day he would have turned 100, featuring 75 performers from the Barbican Theatre, BAM in New York City and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance in Los Angeles.
The dance offering also includes Ferran Carvajal and Trevor Carlson’s Not a moment too soon, a dance adaptation of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, two world premieres from Ballet Black.
The season also includes the previously announced Grief is the Thing with Feathers, starring Cillian Murphy.
Toni Racklin, head of theatre at the Barbican, said: “As we enter the 21st year of our international theatre and dance programme we welcome a stunning array of directors, choreographers, writers, composers, film-makers and visual artists to our three stages – the theatre, the Pit and Silk Street Theatre.
“The subjects of families, parenthood and ageing are recurrent themes through the work as the domestic breaks out into the public domain.
“Elsewhere we see how historical events continue to resonate in our unsettled times.”
The season at a glance:
Directed by Vladimir Mirzoyev
February 5 and 6, 2019
Directed by Yuriy Butusov
February 8 and 9, 2019
Directed by Sergei Zemlyansky
Directed by Stone
March 6 to 9
Directed by Cassa Pancho
March 14 to 17
April 23 to May 18
May 22 to 25
Directed by Declan Donnellan
June 5 to 8
Directed by Ivo van Hove
June 19 to 25