Michele Secchi

Festen

Han Römer, Peter Heerschop, Maartje van de Wetering e.a.
Sat 28 May ’22 20:30 - 22:35
Large glorious cast performs the world famous family heirloom
Sat 28 May ’22
20:30 - 22:35
  • Sat 28 May ’22
    20:30 - 22:35
    Hertog Jan Zaal

Festen hits you like a sledgehammer. That was years ago, when Thomas Vinterberg's film classic was brought to the theater by the legendary company De Ploeg. And here it is again, with a new, darkly comic script adaptation by Peter Heerschop.

In this gripping performance, humor and drama go smoothly together. It is precisely because of this special mix of cabaret and drama that the emotions swing relentlessly about the room. Laugh hard with a crying heart.

The cast is large and glorious, with Peter Heerschop, Viggo Waas, Bas Hoeflaak, Genio de Groot, André Dongelmans, Stephanie Louwerer, Vincent Croiset, Maartje van de Wetering and Han Römer as the paterfamilias. Direction is in the hands of Titus Tiel Groenestege.

For those who don't know (anymore), the story in short: relatives cheerfully gather to celebrate father's birthday. Prodigal son shows up and delivers a speech over dinner that turns the festive evening into a battlefield. Festen is, without a doubt, the hit of the year.

“Het contrast tussen de uitbundige feeststemming en de pijn van een jarenlang trauma, dat allemaal veroorzaakt een zindering door de zaal. Ademloos kijken. Kippenvel.”

de Volkskrant

Credits

From the film by Thomas Vinterberg / Mogens Rukov / Bo hr. Hansen Director Titus Tiel Groenestege Translation / adaptation Peter Heerschop / Cast Han Römer, Peter Heerschop, Viggo Waas, André Dongelmans, Bas Hoeflaak, Genio de Groot, Vincent Croiset, Stephanie Louwerier and Maartje van de Wetering