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IVO VAN HOVE
Part of Manchester International Festival 19
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Based on the book by Ayn Rand
You’re likely to find yourself sky high, breathless and hypnotised’ – The New York Times
Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s greatest theatre directors (Network, All About Eve), makes his MIF debut with a major UK premiere and a specially conceived project.
Ivo van Hove brings his Internationaal Theater Amsterdam ensemble to The Lowry to perform his most controversial work. ‘The Fountainhead’ is a gripping adaptation of Ayn Rand’s uncompromising 20th-century classic, a major inspiration for libertarian politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Fountainhead is a portrait of Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who rejects easy routes to commercial success in favour of innovation and independence. It’s ‘a war of ideas’, in Van Hove’s words, encompassing art and architecture, commerce and capitalism. But it’s also a passionate hymn to individualism – and a dark, violent love story. Presented as a pre-Factory event, The Fountainhead receives its UK premiere at MIF19.
Venue: Lyric Theatre
Duration: 4 hours 15 mins including interval
The Fountainhead is presented in Dutch with English subtitles and contains scenes of an adult nature.
Photos: Jan Versweyve