National Theatre Live


Starring Jude Law

Directed by Ivo van Hove

A new version by Simon Stephens

Thursday 11 May | 7.00pm
Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes - no interval
Age recommendation: 15+

Box Office: 01235 763 456

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in the stage production of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a road side restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of Obsession is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


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'Motored by artful, physical performances from Jude Law and Halina Reijn as lovers-turned-killers, this tale of two car crashes becomes a slow-motion collision onstage.'

'Beautifully acted by all… it is imaginative, alienating and strangely compelling theatre.'
Neil Norman for the Daily Express

'Law and Halina Reijn impress in Ivo van Hove’s stylish stage version of Visconti’s 1942 film … Law is muscular, moody and very good at conveying the brooding guilt that follows the story’s pivotal murder'
Michael Billington for The Guardian

‘Viewers get a completely fresh take on familiar material and this gripping new adaptation of a movie classic, featuring wonderful central performances by Jude Law and Halina Reijn’ 
British Theatre Guide

'The acting is superb'
Nick Wells for Radio Times

‘The most provocatively illuminating theatre director right now’
Los Angeles Times on Ivo van Hove