Double bill: Antigone in Molenbeek + Tiresias
the result of a merger between the Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg from Antwerp and the Blauwe Maandag Companie from Ghent in 1998. Luk Perceval and Stefaan De Ruyck respectively take care of the artistic and business side of the ensemble consisting of over 130 people. Het Toneelhuis has two theatres at its disposal in Antwerp: the nineteenth century Bourla theatre (about 900 seats) and Cinema Tokio (about 100 seats). Approximately 240 shows are brought annually. It also tours several large, medium-sized and small theatres in about 70 cities troughout the Netherlands and Belgium. The company is subsidised by the Flemish Community, the city of Antwerp, the Antwerp province and the National Lottery and is sponsored by radio station Radio 1, magazine Humo and newspaper De Morgen.
Up to now Het Toneelhuis has brought almost thirty productions, infamous versions of old and new classics (Shakespeare, Bernhard, Crommelynck, Schwab, Wedekind, Norèn, Mc Donagh and Shaw) as well as new material (Fabre, Decorte, Lanoye) and adaptations of plays, novels and short stories.
In the 1999-2000 season, Het Toneelhuis presents Franciska (by Wedekind, directed by Luk Perceval), Talkshow (concept: Mark Uytterhoeven and Peter Van Den Eede; with texts by Tom Lanoye), Circus Ronaldo in de Bourla, Kathalzen, nooit meer zo mooi als vroeger (Pjeroo Roobjee adapts John Webster's 'The Duchess of Malfi', Tom Van Dyck directs), De Legende van Ulenspiegel (youth project), marieslijk (text and direction: Jan Decorte), De Uitspreker (directed by Manou Kersting), Oedipus Rex (libretto from Sophocles by Jean Cocteau, music: Igor Stravinsky, director: Guy Joosten), Ivanov (by Anton Tsjechov, directed by Peter Seynaeve and Jorgen Cassier) and Aars! (Peter Verhelst adapts the classic Oresteia, directed by Luk Perceval).
As from this season Cinema Tokio acts as off platform. The second stage should become a fertile waste land in which we will take a closer look at projects, work interdisciplinary and give new impulses to the main platform. That is why we present five 'investment-projects' at Cinema Tokio in the 1999-2000 season, which respectively work with the interdisplinary, the Flemish dramaturgy, the confrontation between different generations of actors, the introduction of a new director and the confrontation between the contemporary novel and theatre. The projects are: Chauncecleer (direction/concept: Tom Hannes), Nacht, de moeder van de dag (by Norèn, directed by Stefan Perceval), Staat er haar op? (a production of theatre collective De Zweep), Maria (based on Mary Stuart and directed by Karijn Sileghem) and Schillers Generation Vicks (concept: Stef De Paepe).
Bourlaschouwburg: Komedieplaats 18, 2000 Antwerp
Cinema Tokio: Verlatstraat 20-22, 2000 Antwerp