In 2014, Ivo van Hove excited audiences at the Adelaide Festival with Roman Tragedies – his award-winning conflation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. Performed in Dutch with surtitles, it ran an unbroken six hours and yet it kept audiences gripped.

Now, Toneelgroep Amsterdam is returning to Adelaide for the 2018 Festival with Van Hove’s latest Shakespearean epic, Kings of War. Running a mere four hours this time, the production – which is set in a modern war room – joins and distils five Shakespeare plays, Henry V, the three Henry VI plays and Richard III, to create a study of power that has resonated strongly with audiences in Amsterdam, Paris, London and New York.

Kings of War, Adelaide Festival, Ivo van HoveKings of War. Photo © Jan Versweyveld

Describing it as a “thrilling…cold-eyed, hot-blooded work”, The New York Times said: “Kings...

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