Kiss Me Kate, part of the Luxemburg Festival, is performed over five nights in October
Photo: Marie-Noëlle Robert
Jude Law is one of the main draws for the next season at the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. The programme, unveiled on Tuesday morning by the director of the two theatres Tom Leick, is packed with promise and plenty of English-language shows.
Law will star in a production by Ivo van Hove of “Obsession”, after the film by Luchino Visconti over three performances at the Grand Théâtre in June 2017. It is a welcome return for van Hove, who directed Juliette Binoche in “Antigone” last season. Further English-language theatre comes in the shape of an homage to American playwright Arthur Miller. Douglas Rintoul, familiar to Luxembourg audiences, will direct a production of “The Crucible” and Thierry Mousset will direct actors in rehearsed readings of some of Miller’s lesser known works under the title “Brooklyn Boy Made Good”.
Luxembourg director Anne Simon, whose excellent version of “All New People” was a sell-out this season, will direct more contemporary theatre with a production of Joe Penhall’s “Love and Understanding” starring Larisa Faber and Nickel Bösenberg.
Musical highlights include a production of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate”. This is especially apt in the year celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, as the musical is famously based on “The Taming Of The Shrew”.
English-language opera comes in the form of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress”, a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh titled “The Last Hotel” and an experimental piece by the Distractfold company titled “Sound Theatre With Crocodiles”.