Orlando by Guy Cassiers will be toured to Italy as part of the Theatron touring programme.

Toneelhuis, BE (original production) with Fondazione Romaeuropa (host)
Exploring the visual power of theatre to bring literature to life for modern audiences
‘Orlando’ is a successful attempt to ‘translate’ the book by Virginia Woolf into a very specia. theatre idiom, in which contemporary visual technology enters into a dialogue with words and narrative. The focus on the transformative power of language makes Orlando an ode to both theatre and literature.

Original Production

Original Text: Virginia Woolf /  Director & Scenography: Guy Cassiers/ Dramaturgie: Erwin Jans / Actor: Catherine Damen

Orlando ToneelhuisImagine you live for more than three hundred years and in that time you change your sexuality: you fall asleep as a man and wake up as a women. During your adventurous life, you are lover of the English queen, a diplomat in Turkey and wandering gypsy. This is the story of Orlando, who starts out as a messenger of the Court, befriends the writers Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, and ends up on a shopping tour of London’s West End in the nineteen-twenties.

Guy Cassiers and actress Katelijne Damen have adapted Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography (1928) for theatre. Woolf’s novel is a fantastic story about a character who lives from the sixteenth to the twentieth century and changes sex during the course of the story. The hero/heroine embodies a multiplicity of lives and characters. This gives Woolf the opportunity to ask questions about gender and identity. The character is loosely based on Vita Sackville-West, Woolf’s lover at that time. Sackville-West’s son described the novel as ‘the longest and most charming love letter in literature’.

Guy Cassiers Talking About Orlando

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The production will be toured to Italy in autumn 2013.


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