Eline Arbo, ITA-ensemble

In Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea, the fatal love between Amazonian queen Penthesilea and the Greek army leader Achilles comes relentlessly bursting to the surface.

The Amazons are a people of solely female warriors. They are only allowed to procreate with men who had been defeated by them in battle. In the Trojan war, they fight the Greeks not to help the besieged Trojans, but to capture soldiers. When Penthesilea and Achilles meet eye to eye on the battlefield, it is love at first sight. From that moment on, Penthesilea does all she can to defeat him.

Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the European theatre repertoire. Eline Arbo is currently directing this equally moving and complex love story.

Eline Arbo: ‘The encounter between Penthesilea and Achilles plunges both into an existential crisis. Despite their mutual love, they fail to come together. They underestimate each other, and the results are horrible. The piece is more than a story about the difference between men and women. It shows how we internalise the norms and values of our own culture.’

With English surtitles on Thu 22 and Fri 23 June.


Thu June 15 8:00 PM

Fri June 16 8:00 PM

Sat June 17 8:00 PM

Sun June 18 3:00 PM

Wed June 21 8:00 PM

Thu June 22 8:00 PM

Fri June 23 8:00 PM

Sat June 24 8:00 PM

Sun June 25 3:00 PM


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  • try out CJP/students from € 17,50

language & duration

  • Dutch

  • Show duration to be announced (zonder pauze)

  • Eline Arbo, director

    © Fabian Calis


by Heinrich von Kleist direction Eline Arbo music Thijs van Vuure musical direction Thijs van Vuure adaptation Eline Arbo, Bart Van den Eynde translation Gerrit Komrij dramaturgy Bart Van den Eynde scenography Pascal Leboucq lighting design Varja Klosse sound design Dennis Slot costumes Alva Brosten cast Ilke Paddenburg, Maria Kraakman, Jesse Mensah, Felix Schellekens, Maarten Heijmans, Marieke Heebink, Steven van Watermeulen, Eefje Paddenburg, Daphne Agten producer Jeroen van Ingen, Jaap Kooijman, Bertil van Kaam with support by Ammodo assistent direction Daniel ’t Hoen, Zorba Huisman casting advice Hans Kemna production ITA-ensemble, Iris Istha

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