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Het Huwelijk

Toneelhuis, 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


  • Simon De Winne
  • Hans Mortelmans
  • Ferre Marnef
  • Lieselotte De Keyzer
  • Katrien Valckenaers
  • Hendrik Van Doorn
  • Sander De Winne
  • Lieven Gouwy


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

vocal guide

  • Sander De Winne


  • Marie Vandecasteele


  • P.U.L.S. - Project for Upcoming Artists for the Large Stage
  • Toneelhuis
  • tibaldus

with the support of

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

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  1. Wednesday 19 September 2018 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  2. Thursday 20 September 2018 — 22h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Thursday 11 October 2018 — 20h30 — Campo, Gent
  4. Friday 12 October 2018 — 20h30 — Campo, Gent
  5. Wednesday 28 November 2018 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  6. Thursday 29 November 2018 — Kaaitheater, Brussel
  7. Friday 22 February 2019 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Thursday 25 April 2019 — KAAP, Brugge
  9. Wednesday 7 August 2019 — 20h30 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  10. Thursday 8 August 2019 — 17h00 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  11. Thursday 8 August 2019 — 20h30 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  12. Saturday 10 August 2019 — 21h00 — Theaterfestival Boulevard, Den Bosch - s Hertogenbosch
  13. Sunday 11 August 2019 — 21h00 — Theaterfestival Boulevard, Den Bosch - s Hertogenbosch
  14. Wednesday 9 October 2019 — 20h30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
  15. Thursday 10 October 2019 — 20h30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
  16. Friday 11 October 2019 — 20h30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
  17. Saturday 12 October 2019 — 20h30 — Théâtre de la Bastille, Parijs
  18. Friday 18 October 2019 — CC De Herbakker, Eeklo
  19. Tuesday 22 October 2019 — 30CC, Leuven
  20. Wednesday 23 October 2019 — CC 't Gasthuis, Aarschot, Aarschot
  21. Thursday 24 October 2019 — CC Ter Vesten, Beveren
  22. Friday 25 October 2019 — CC Nova, Wetteren
  23. Wednesday 30 October 2019 — CC De Werf, Aalst, Aalst
  24. Cancelled: Tuesday 7 April 2020 — 19h30 — Grote zaal ITA, Amsterdam
  25. Cancelled: Thursday 23 April 2020 — 20h30 — CC Zwaneberg, Heist-Op-Den-Berg

News about ‘Het Huwelijk’

P.U.L.S. in Paris! Article — 24 September 2019

P.U.L.S. in Paris!

The Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris has followed Flemish theatre for over thirty years. Toneelhuis was a guest there with Orlando in 2013 and again in 2015 with Bezonken rood. Fascinated by the vitality of Flemish theatre, the Théâtre de la Bastille is now following the P.U.L.S. project and presenting it to its audience.


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