Ivo van Hove

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Ivo van Hove, 2010

Ivo van Hove (born 28 October 1958, Heist-op-den-Berg) is a Belgian theatre director known as the artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in the Netherlands and for his Off-Broadway avant garde experimental theatre productions.[1][2][3]


Van Hove began his career as a stage director in 1981, working with plays he had written himself such as Ziektekiemen (Germs) and Geruchten (Rumors). He was artistic manager at AKT, Akt-Vertical and De Tijd, successively. Between 1990 and 2000 he worked as the director of Het Zuidelijk Toneel. Since 2001, van Hove has been general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam (the Amsterdam Theatre Group). He has coordinated productions at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Venice Biennale, the Holland Festival, Theater der Welt, and the Wiener Festwochen. He has directed companies from Hamburg's Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Staatstheater Stuttgart, directed Hedda Gabler, The Little Foxes and Scenes from a Marriage at the New York Theatre Workshop and the award winning A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic.

Apart from the theatre, van Hove directed Thuisfront for Dutch television; his first cinematic film, Amsterdam, came out in 2009. Van Hove directed the musical Rent for Joop van den Ende. At the Vlaamse Opera, he staged a production of Alban Berg's opera Lulu, as well as the complete "Ring Cycle" by Richard Wagner (2006–08). He put on a production of Janáček's De Zaak Makropoulos, and Tchaikovsky's Iolanta for the De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. From 1998–2004, van Hove was festival manager of the Holland Festival, where he presented an annual selection of international theatre, music, opera and dance.

Since 2001, he is the general director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the prime theatre company of The Netherlands and the official municipal theatre company of Amsterdam. Van Hove’s international focus explains why the company has been invited by international festivals such as RuhrTriennale, Wiener Festwochen, the Edinburgh Festival and Festival d'Avignon, and performs in The United States, Russia and Australia and why well-known directors such as Christoph Marthaler, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Johan Simons, Thomas Ostermeier, Luk Perceval, Simon Stone and Katie Mitchell have joined the troupe as guest directors. For Toneelgroep Amsterdam Van Hove has directed Angels in America by Tony Kushner, the marathon performance Roman Tragedies (based on Shakespearean works), Opening Night by John Cassavetes, Rocco and his brothers by Luchino Visconti, and Teorema (based on the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini, in partnership with the Ruhrtriennale), Antonioni-project in tribute to Michelangelo Antonioni, La voix humaine (The Human Voice) by Jean Cocteau, Summer Trilogy in tribute to Carlo Goldoni, Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky, The Miser by Molière, Scenes from a Marriage, Cries and Whispers and After the Rehearsal / Persona by Ingmar Bergman, And We'll Never Be Parted by Jon Fosse, The Russians! by Tom Lanoye, based on Chekhov, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller, Kings of War (based on Henry V, Henry VII, and Richard III by William Shakespeare), The hidden force by Louis Couperus and The other voice by Ramsey Nasr.


Van Hove won two Obie Awards for Best Production of an off-Broadway production in New York (for More Stately Mansions and Hedda Gabler, respectively), as well as the East Flanders Oeuvre Prize (1995), the Theatre Festival Prize (1996), and the Archangel Award at the Edinburgh Festival (1999).

He was made a Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2004. In 2007 he received the Prijs van de Kritiek in the Netherlands, a prize awarded by theatre critics. In 2008, he received the Prosceniumprijs, a Dutch theatre prize, together with Jan Versweyveld and in 2012 the Amsterdam Business Oeuvre Award. In 2014, van Hove received an honorary doctorate for general merit of the University of Antwerp.

In 2015, he won a Best Director Laurence Olivier Award for A View From the Bridge at the Young Vic and Wyndham's Theatre in London and the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Director. Van Hove also won the Amsterdam Award for the Arts 2015, with Jan Versweyveld.

In 2016 Van Hove received The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing and became Honorary Citizen of Ham, Belgium. A View from the Bridge at the Lyceum Theatre was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Best Revival and Best Director as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director and Best Revival. The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Revival. Vu du Pont at Théâtre de l'Odéon was nominated for Molières for Best Director and Best Revival.

Personal life

Van Hove is openly gay. His longtime partner has been set designer Jan Versweyveld since circa 1980.[4][5]

International productions



  • Seltsames Intermezzo by Eugene O'Neill at the Münchner Kammerspiele



  • The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman at the New York Theatre Workshop
  • Der Menschenfeind by Molière at Schaubühne Berlin



  • The Misanthrope by Molière at the New York Theatre Workshop


  • Der Geizige by Molière at Schauspielhaus Hamburg


  • Faces by John Cassavetes at Theater der Welt; co-production with Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Staatstheater Stuttgart


  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen at the New York Theatre Workshop


  • Alice in Bed by Susan Sontag at the New York Theatre Workshop (co-production with Zuidelijk Toneel and Holland Festival)



  • More Stately Mansions by Eugene O'Neill at the New York Theatre Workshop


  • Gier unter Ulmen (Desire Under the Elms) by Eugene O'Neill at Staatstheater Stuttgart


  • Die Bakchen (The Bacchae) by Euripides at Schauspielhaus Hamburg

Productions in Belgium and the Netherlands

Toneelgroep Amsterdam

















Zuidelijk Toneel


  • Alice in Bed by Susan Sontag (co-production with New York Theatre Workshop and Holland Festival)
  • De dame met de camelia's (La Dame aux camélias) by Alexandre Dumas


  • India Song by Marguerite Duras (co-production with Holland Festival)


  • Romeo en Julia (studie van een verdrinkend lichaam) (Romeo and Juliet: A study of a drowning body) by Peter Verhelst after Shakespeare (co-production with Holland Festival)


  • Koppen (Faces) by John Cassavetes (co-production with Holland Festival)
  • De onbeminden (Les Mal Aimés) by François Mauriac


  • Caligula by Albert Camus


  • De tramlijn die Verlangen heet (A Streetcar Named Desire) by Tennessee Williams
  • Splendid's by Jean Genet


  • Rijkemanshuis (More Stately Mansions) by Eugene O'Neill (co-production with Holland Festival)


  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare (co-production with Antwerp European Cultural Capital 1993)
  • Gered (Saved) by Edward Bond



  • Ajax/Antigone by Sophocles
  • Het Zuiden (South) by Julien Green


  • Rouw siert Electra (Mourning Becomes Electra) by Eugene O'Neill

Theater van het Oosten


  • Richard II by William Shakespeare

De Tijd


  • Jakow Bogomolow by Maxim Gorky
  • Lulu by Frank Wedekind (co-production with Toneelgroep Amsterdam)


  • Don Carlos by Friedrich von Schiller


  • In de eenzaamheid van de katoenvelden (Dans la solitude des champs de coton) by Bernard-Marie Koltès
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare



  • Bacchanten (The Bacchae) by Euripides


  • Russische Openbaring (Russian Gambit) by Heiner Müller
  • ImitatieS (ImitationS) (group project)


  • India Song by Marguerite Duras
  • Wonderen der mensheid (Miracles of Humanity) (group project)
  • Wilde heren (Wild Men) (group project)



  • De Lijfknecht (The Servant) by Harold Pinter



  • Marokko (Morocco) by Botho Strauss
  • Agatha by Marguerite Duras


  • Als in de oorlog (Like in the War) by Sophocles/Gie Laenen (as part of Europalia)


  • Ziektekiemen (Germs) by Ivo van Hove
  • Geruchten (Rumours) by Ivo van Hove

Opera productions



1997: Thuisfront (Home Front) (NPS) by Peter van Kraaij (co-production with Zuidelijk Toneel) 2008: Amsterdam by Jeroen Planting

Other awards

  • 1987: Oscar de Gruyter Prize for Best Direction (for Macbeth)
  • 1994: Publieks (Audience) Prize for Rijkemanshuis
  • 1996: Theatre Festival Prize for Caligula
  • 1998: Herald Angel at the Edinburgh Festival, for More Stately Mansions
  • 1999: Johan Fleerackers Prize for collaboration between Dutch and Flemish theatre; Arch Angel for best direction at the Edinburgh Festival, for India Song


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  4. Mead, Rebecca (26 October 2015). "Theatre Laid Bare", The New Yorker
  5. Giles, Kayleigh (13 November 2015). "Nicola Walker can hardly contain her smile as she celebrates the opening night of A View From the Bridge alongside Russell Tovey as she takes Broadway by storm." Daily Mail.