An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment.
Nine months pregnant.
One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives.
It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation.
Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present.
The UK premiere of a strikingly original, audacious thriller.
An ATC, Orange Tree Theatre and Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production
Maya Arad Yasur is a prize-winning Israeli playwright, whose work has been produced worldwide. Amsterdam won the prestigious Theatretreffen Stükemarkt Award. It is Arad-Yasur’s fourth play to be produced and her most personal.
Amsterdam is Matthew Xia’s first production as Artistic Director of ATC.
Amsterdam opens the Orange Tree Theatre's Autumn 2019 season and then will tour the UK in Spring 2020, beginning at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Enormously rewarding. Yasur’s play is orchestrated with musical playfulness by Matthew Xia in his debut production as Artistic Director of ATC.— Lyn Gardner, Stage Door
Brilliantly directed by Matthew Xia, [Amsterdam] is an excellent showcase for his verve and imagination. Sends the audience into the night with the haunting question: what history hides in the walls of the building you live in?— Jessie Thompson, Evening Standard
Refreshing and strikingly brutal …we neglect the past at our peril and Amsterdam brings its voices vividly into focus— Theo Bosanquet, What’s On Stage
A rich and complex story … like a child’s game of consequences – but what consequences! Ghosts and mysteries of the past illuminate the world of the present day..... The vibrancy and cheek of the production – the theatricality - is the kind that British theatre sees all too rarely..... A tireless, inventive and impressive cast. The demands [of the play] are exceeded by the rewards it gives back.— Kimprovised
A moving excavation of the tensions surging under the city’s streets … Matthew Xia’s production has a fittingly international feel … Amsterdam is full of rewards.— Alice Saville, Time Out
Fascinating, multi-layered play .. a complex web of interlocking thoughts, reflections and memories.— Rosemary Waugh, The Stage
An ambitious, innovative piece of theatre, replete with rich narratives and dynamic, energised performances [from] a superb cast.— Loretta Monaco, London Theatre
The haunting spectre of history is wonderfully evoked and universalised into our current time and place. A terrific night at the theatre!— J.C., London Living Large