Magazine article Variety

Ivo Van Hove 'Every Play Is a Contemporary Play, Even Shakespeare'

Magazine article Variety

Ivo Van Hove 'Every Play Is a Contemporary Play, Even Shakespeare'

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Last fall, Amsterdam-based director Ivo van Hove had zero Broadway credits to his name. Six months later, he's got two: "A View From the Bridge," the critics-darling revival starring Mark Strong, and a revival of "The Crucible," selling well with a cast that includes Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw. In between, he directed the Off Broadway premiere of "Lazarus," the new David Bowie musical.

You're widely recognized for whet's considered en experiments! epproech to classic plays. How would you describe your style?

I always say I have a very traditional approach, but everybody starts to laugh. Deep down, it's true, though, because I try to read a play very carefully and look at every line, every character. I have really analyzed the play. It's what I call the traditional thing to do, to look at what it really means.

But you don't seem to go for trsditionsl trappings. There are no bonnets in your "Crucible."

You always have to look at the play through the mirror of today. For me, every play is a contemporary play, even when you do Shakespeare and Arthur Miller.

You seem like you can be pretty intense to work with. …

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