Obsession 15

BUY TICKETS 7pm Thursday 11 May

PLAY broadcast LIVE from the Barbican Theatre

Jude Law stars in this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film directed by Ivo van Hove (View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler).

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Jude Law is the big draw in this stage version of Luchino Visconti’s 1942 movie and he is beautifully matched by his partner-in-crime, Halina ReijnLaw is muscular, moody and very good at conveying the brooding guilt that follows the story’s pivotal murder. Reijn, in some ways, is even more extraordinary. She starts with the right air of anguished solitude, is quickened into life by the presence of the charismatic stranger and later sets about re-ordering her existence with a conscienceless practicality. It says something about Law and Reijn that, for a moment, I saw the couple as a modern version of the Macbeths.  Michael Billington, The Guardian

Tickets: Full £19   Adult concessions £17   18 & under £10
Running time: 2 hrs (approx) (no interval)
Doors open: 6.30pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 15 and may contain nudity.

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