Programme Details

[Cancelled] Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
After the Rehearsal / Persona


In view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the resultant closures of venues across the city, and concerns for the health and safety of participating artists and audiences, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) has made the difficult decision to cancel the February and March performances of the 48th HKAF. All Young Friends (YFS) programmes and outreach activities within the above period, including in-school pre-performance workshops, will also be cancelled. Arrangements for YFS membership will be announced soon by email. For general enquiries, please email to


Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are reimagined for the stage in a double bill by Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove. Van Hove's adaptation of two Bergman's groundbreaking works – After the Rehearsal/Persona is a love letter to theatre which is about the chaotic lives of theatre people, exposing the fine line between art and reality, illness and normality.




A revelatory journey into the psyches of Ingmar Bergman’s characters

With staging that is by turns sparse and spectacular, multiple award-winning director Ivo van Hove has reimagined the world occupied by characters created by the great Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, drawing the audience deep into the multi-layered complexities of their psyches.

Bringing characters from the world of the stage, but originally seen on film, into the same room as an audience offers different perspectives from those selected by the camera, and brings a fresh immediacy to works created several decades ago.

Made in 1966, Persona appears regularly in critics’ polls of the world’s greatest films. A famous stage actress suddenly loses her power of speech, and tensions slowly build between her and the nurse charged with her care. A succession of painful revelations ensues as their two personalities appear to resolve into one. The adaptation retains the many complex ambiguities and unanswered questions of the film.

After the Rehearsal was originally a 1984 backstage drama, made for television, about a theatre company rehearsing August Strindberg’s Dream Play. In it, the director tries to exercise a controlling instinct to sublimate real life entirely to the disciplines and structure of the theatre.

Each work probes the complicated workings of the minds of creative individuals under stress. Seen together, the plays are a highly appropriate tribute from a great contemporary director to a genius of stage and screen, who made several of the most important films of the 20th century. Lovers of theatre and cinema alike will find this a deeply rewarding experience.

Approx 2 hrs 50 mins incl one interval
Latecomers will not be admitted
Performed in Dutch with English and Chinese surtitles
This production contains nudity, smoking scenes, strong language, loud sounds, strobe lights and smoke effects
Recommended for ages 12 and above



Based on the films by
Ingmar Bergman

Ivo van Hove

Dutch Translator for After the Rehearsal
Karst Woudstra

Dutch Translator for Persona
Peter Van Kraaij

Peter van Kraaij

Set and Lighting Designer
Jan Versweyveld

Sound Designer
Roeland Fernhout

Costume Designer
An D’Huys

Marieke Heebink
Gijs Scholten van Aschat
Gaite Jansen
Frieda Pittoors


Photo credit

Jan Versweyveld



Official Website of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam



    5 - 7 / 3 / 2020  19:30



    Lyric Theatre, HKAPA