Obsession, The Barbican

Barbican, London
Barbican, London
Our Review 3 / 5

Jude Law plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Visconti’s penetrating social drama directed by Ivo van Hove.Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Hanna (played by Halina Reijn) at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Hanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.

Previews from |
17th April 2017
Opening date |
25th April 2017
Booking from |
26th October 2020
Available until |
20th May 2017
Closes |
20th May 2017
Categories |
Based on the film by Luchino Visconti, adapted by Jan Peter Gerrits
Barbican/Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Ivo van Hove
Eric Sleichim
An d’Huys
Cast list:
Jude Law, Robert de Hoog, Chukwudi Iwuji, Aysha Kala, Halina Reijn and Gijs Scholten van Aschat.

Barbican Venue Information

Barbican, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
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Our Review of Obsession


Ivo van Hove may certainly be the director of the moment and paired with Hollywood A-lister Jude Law his stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film 'Ossessione', itself an adaptation of 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', makes for big news. It's slow, contemplative and strangely unrewarding and as a vehicle for the stage it overwhelms with expression and atmosphere but doesn't provide enough meat to consistently reward in its new dramatic form.   Read more

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