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Risjaar Drei

Olympique Dramatique

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‘If you are looking for a bastard I will gladly play the part.’

Risjaar (Richard) is repulsive. He was born premature, unfinished. He is deformed, limps and is hideously ugly. During the Wars of the Roses, which suddenly broke out after the death of Henry V, Risjaar fought with all his might for his family, alongside his brother Edwaar (Edward). Edwaar is now the king, as a result of several brutal political assassinations devised by his crippled brother. However, the end of the war does not bring Risjaar the peace he has desired for so long. 

There is no peace of mind for Risjaar. His distaste for humanity, to which he will never really belong, is too deeply rooted. On the contrary, something has been born, something fuelled. An insight. A craving, a callous and ambitious hunger. An opportunity to rise above himself: ‘If you are looking for a bastard I will gladly play the part.’

After AUGUSTUS ergens op de vlakte (August, Osage County), Tom Dewispelaere and Stijn Van Opstal have once again brought together a first-rate cast. 

In his play Richard III, Shakespeare created one of the most memorable monsters in literature. What makes him so attractive is his free and unashamedly cheerful display of amorality. Brazenly inhuman opinions have never sounded so sweet.

Risjaar Drei is a portrait of an elite, a small group of rulers who have reduced politics to a game of chess in backrooms and corridors. The ideal breeding ground for the smartest of them, the most cunning, the most eloquent and the most ruthless to become a perverse dictator. Power as the goal. But what about that power once it is obtained?

"What a script, what a cast, what a performance! (...) Even Trump couldn’t compete with this Risjaar. So cunning and so intelligent."

"Typical Antwerp theatre drenched in a voluptuous sauce of power-craziness and first-rate performances by an impressive cast."

Lotte Philipsen in Knack Focus **** , 17 February 2017

"Peter Van den Begin excels in history play Risjaar Drei."

"Peter Van den Begin shaped the character of Risjaar so well that in the end we the audience couldn’t help liking this incredible two-faced bastard just a little."

Sascha Siereveld in Concertnews **** , 19 February 2017

"Risjaar Drei recalls the time when theatre revolved around actors."

Wouter Hillaert in De Standaard **** , 20 February 2017

Credits

by

  • Olympique Dramatique

freely adapted from

  • Richard III van William Shakespeare
  • Risjaar Modderfokker den Derde
  • Richard III

text, direction

  • Tom Dewispelaere
  • Stijn Van Opstal

with

  • Jan Decleir
  • Mieke De Groote
  • Nico Sturm
  • Sanne Samina Hanssen
  • Peter Van den Begin
  • Jonas Vermeulen
  • Koen De Sutter
  • Stijn Van Opstal / Tom Dewispelaere

dramaturgy

  • Ellen Stynen

scenography

  • Stef Stessel

light design

  • Stef Stessel

costume design

  • Ilse Vandenbussche

sound design

  • Yves de Mey

production

  • Toneelhuis

All data

  1. Saturday 15 December 2018 — 20U00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  1. Thursday 16 February 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  2. Friday 17 February 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  3. Saturday 18 February 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  4. Sunday 19 February 2017 — 15U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  5. Thursday 23 February 2017 — , Brugge
  6. Friday 24 February 2017 — , Brugge
  7. Monday 27 February 2017 — , Leuven
  8. Tuesday 28 February 2017 — , Leuven
  9. Wednesday 1 March 2017 — , Leuven
  10. Thursday 2 March 2017 — KVS - BOL, Brussels
  11. Friday 3 March 2017 — KVS - BOL, Brussels
  12. Saturday 4 March 2017 — KVS - BOL, Brussels
  13. Tuesday 7 March 2017 — , Amsterdam
  14. Wednesday 8 March 2017 — , Amsterdam
  15. Friday 10 March 2017 — , Sint-Niklaas
  16. Saturday 11 March 2017 — , Sint-Niklaas
  17. Tuesday 14 March 2017 — , Hasselt
  18. Wednesday 15 March 2017 — , Rotterdam
  19. Friday 17 March 2017 — , Kortrijk
  20. Saturday 18 March 2017 — , Eindhoven
  21. Monday 20 March 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  22. Tuesday 21 March 2017 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  23. Thursday 23 March 2017 — , Heist-Op-Den-Berg
  24. Friday 24 March 2017 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  25. Saturday 25 March 2017 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  26. Sunday 26 March 2017 — Vooruit - Theaterzaal, Gent
  27. Thursday 30 March 2017 — , Mol
  28. Saturday 1 April 2017 — Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht
  29. Tuesday 4 April 2017 — , Den Haag
  30. Thursday 6 April 2017 — , Oostende
  31. Tuesday 11 April 2017 — , Aalst
  32. Thursday 13 April 2017 — , Roeselare
  33. Tuesday 18 April 2017 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  34. Wednesday 19 April 2017 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  35. Thursday 20 April 2017 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  36. Friday 21 April 2017 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  37. Saturday 22 April 2017 — 21U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  38. Friday 4 August 2017 — , Oostende
  39. Saturday 5 August 2017 — , Oostende
  40. Sunday 3 September 2017 — 21U30 — , Brussels
  41. Sunday 10 September 2017 — 20U00 — , Amsterdam
  42. Wednesday 21 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  43. Thursday 22 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  44. Friday 23 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  45. Saturday 24 November 2018 — 20U00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerp
  46. Tuesday 27 November 2018 — 20U00 — KVS - BOL, Brussels
  47. Wednesday 28 November 2018 — 20U00 — KVS - BOL, Brussels
  48. Friday 7 December 2018 — 20U00 — , Dilbeek
  49. Wednesday 12 December 2018 — 20U30 — , Diest
  50. Thursday 13 December 2018 — 20U00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent
  51. Friday 14 December 2018 — 20U00 — NTGent - schouwburg, Gent

Nieuws over ‘Risjaar Drei’

Quote — 23 January 2017

"I jumped for joy when Tom Dewispelaere and Stijn Van Opstal asked me to play Risjaar! I had already seen Jan Decleir excel in that role, and Pierre Bokma. And in Brooklyn I saw a version of the play with Kevin Spacey. And now, damn it, it’s me! I’m as ecstatic as a child seeing snow for the first time."

Peter Van den Begin

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