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Het Huwelijk

Timeau De Keyser, Tibaldus

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After Yvonne, Prinses van Bourgondië Tibaldus is tackling a second play by Witold Gombrowicz: Het Huwelijk (The Marriage, 1947). Thus making the two flow into, collide and resonate with one another.

In Yvonne, the Prince rebelled against the Court by marrying the repugnant Yvonne. The rebellion failed; the bride did not survive it. In Het Huwelijk, the Prince goes a step further in this rebellion. He wants to oust the administration, the established ‘Order’, by becoming King himself. While the Prince attempts to make his position permanent through marriage inside the palace, outside the walls of the palace a war has apparently broken out, but nobody knows for certain whether it’s really going on or not. Tibaldus intensifies the musicality of the play by combining Gombrowicz’s textual motifs with melodies from Flemish Polyphony.

And what does it matter if, individually, everyone is sober-minded, level-headed and sensible, when all of us together are a gigantic lunatic that furiously lashes out, roars, kicks and tramples and blindly storms onward?

THE PRINCE It seems that war has broken out.
WLADZIO It would seem so.
THE PRINCE But you’re not sure?
WLADZIO Oh, what can you be sure of? You know, Henry, it’s almost as if you can’t believe anybody around here… Everything is concocted in a way, fake.

from Witold Gombrowicz’s The Marriage

"Het Huwelijk is a shrewd play about authenticity and the responsibility that goes along with speech."

"This is the right play at the right moment: Het Huwelijk shows that people are responsible for everything they say, and gives a contemporary twist to a seventy-year old drama in these politically correct times."

Gilles Michiels in Etcetera , 26 September 2018



  • Witold Gombrowicz


  • Paul Beers


  • Timeau De Keyser
  • Hans Mortelmans
  • Simon De Winne


  • Timeau De Keyser


  • Sander De Winne
  • Simon De Winne
  • Lieven Gouwy
  • Katrien Valckenaers


  • Sander De Winne


  • Marie Vandecasteele


  • Tibaldus
  • Toneelhuis

with the support of

  • Kaap
  • Tax Shelter maatregel v/d Belgische Federale Overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius

All data

  1. Wednesday 7 August 2019 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  2. Thursday 8 August 2019 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  3. Thursday 8 August 2019 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  4. Saturday 10 August 2019 — 21U00 — Theaterfestival Boulevard, Den Bosch - s Hertogenbosch
  5. Sunday 11 August 2019 — 21U00 — Theaterfestival Boulevard, Den Bosch - s Hertogenbosch
  6. Wednesday 9 October 2019 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
  7. Thursday 10 October 2019 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
  8. Friday 11 October 2019 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
  9. Saturday 12 October 2019 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Paris
  10. Friday 18 October 2019 — CC De Herbakker, Eeklo
  11. Tuesday 22 October 2019 — 30CC, Leuven
  12. Wednesday 23 October 2019 — CC 't Gasthuis, Aarschot, Aarschot
  13. Thursday 24 October 2019 — CC Ter Vesten, Beveren
  14. Friday 25 October 2019 — CC Nova, Wetteren
  15. Wednesday 30 October 2019 — CC De Werf, Aalst, Aalst
  16. Tuesday 7 April 2020 — 19U30 — Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  17. Thursday 23 April 2020 — CC Zwaneberg, Heist-Op-Den-Berg
  1. Wednesday 19 September 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  2. Thursday 20 September 2018 — 22U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Thursday 11 October 2018 — 20U30 — Campo, Gent
  4. Friday 12 October 2018 — 20U30 — Campo, Gent
  5. Wednesday 28 November 2018 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  6. Thursday 29 November 2018 — Kaaitheater, Brussels
  7. Friday 22 February 2019 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  8. Thursday 25 April 2019 — KAAP, Brugge

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