Two Tony Awards for Flemish director Ivo Van Hove

Summary

Flemish stage director Ivo Van Hove won two prestigious Tony Awards at the weekend for his production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best director and revival

Flemish stage director Ivo Van Hove has won two Tony Awards, New York’s prestigious honours for stage productions of the previous year. The awards for best director and best revival were for Van Hove’s production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.

The production by Van Hove and scenic and lighting director Jan Versweyveld was nominated in five categories. Van Hove was also nominated four times for another Miller production, The Crucible.

Van Hove previously won an Olivier award in London for his production of A View from the Bridge, as did lead actor Mark Strong. The production was one of the most popular in New York and London in 2015, with audiences and critics alike singing its praises. “The show,” wrote Marilyn Stasio for Variety, “anchored by a towering performance from Mark Strong as a longshoreman whose wilful blindness causes his whole world to come crashing down, is both visually gorgeous and an emotional wipeout.”

Van Hove, also responsible for the David Bowie musical Lazarus, was born in Heist-op-den-Berg, Antwerp province, and is currently the artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

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