Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Barbican Centre · 16 APR - 19 APR

An intense infatuation fuels the tension between social expectations and personal desire

Overview

A show that deftly combines theatre and music, directed by Ivo van Hove.

Celebrated author Thomas Mann is in crisis. He is struggling with writer’s block and a forbidden attraction to a young boy. Secluded in his workshop, he creates a fictional counterpoint of himself: Von Aschenbach, the man he dares not be in real life. A classical score played live by Britten Sinfonia supports the ensuing whirl of emotions portrayed onstage as he sends his alter ego to Venice.

Adapted by former Dutch poet laureate Ramsey Nasr, who performs the role of Aschenbach, Death in Venice is based both on Mann’s intimate novella and the author’s own life. Highlighting the inner struggle of an artist who channels his experiences into his literature, the drama also introduces the viewpoint of Mann’s wife. New music by American composer Nico Muhly features alongside Strauss and Schoenberg.

Age Recommendation: 16+

Date & time

Opening 16 Apr 2020
Thu 16 Apr - Sun 19 Apr, 3pm & 7.45pm
Runtime: 1 hr 45 mins

Venue

Barbican Centre
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions

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