The haunted house of history

A Wagnerian theatre opera about the horrors of modern history.

In The haunted house of history, Wunderbaum wages war against the excesses of the frivolity culture. What the world needs now is decisiveness, is action, is taking steps: ‘Escape from Escapism’. Zombies, populists, stained birds and Steve Jobs are portrayed one after another in this horrifying beseeching appeal to no less than the entire human kind.

By and with

  • Walter Bart
  • Matijs Jansen
  • Maartje Remmers
  • Marleen Scholten
  • Esther Gouarné

Live music and composition

  • Simon Lenski
  • Bo Wiget

Vocals

  • Marc Pantus
  • Lies Vandewege

Text

  • Gerardjan Rijnders

Set design

  • Marloes van der Hoek
  • Wikke van Houwelingen
  • Maarten van Otterdijk (facade)

Technician

  • Frank Hulsebosch (facade)

Costume design

  • Lotte Goos

Dramaturg

  • Elly Scheele

light

  • Siemen van der Werf

Sound

  • Rick Gobée

Photography

  • Frank Bongers
  • Sofie Knijff (scenes)

Producer

  • Wunderbaum

coproduction

  • Operadagen Rotterdam
  • Hebbel am Ufer (HAU)
  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg
  • NTGent

Made possible by

  • SNS REAAL Fonds
  • Lirafonds
  • Peak Audio B.V.
  • Relight Productions B.V.

Special thanks to

  • Bas Heijne
  • Christopher Hutchinson
  • Daan Westendorp
  • Dick Molenaar
  • Dirk Eijsbouts
  • DOK
  • Hein van Raak
  • Henk Zoeteman
  • Ivo Gort
  • Kas van Huistede
  • Koen Tachelet
  • Maria Heiden
  • Melih Gencboyaci
  • OT Theater
  • Philip Leussink
  • Productiehuis Rotterdam
  • René Bakker
  • Ro Theater
  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg
  • Theo Hensen
  • Theun Mosk
  • Wine Dierickx

Past dates

  • December 2013

    12

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • December 2013

    11

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • December 2013

    06

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • December 2013

    05

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • December 2013

    04

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • December 2013

    03

    NTGent
    Gent (BE)

  • November 2013

    01

    Theater aan het Spui
    Den Haag (NL)

  • October 2013

    31

    Theater aan het Spui
    Den Haag (NL)

  • November 2012

    30

    Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • November 2012

    29

    Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
    Amsterdam (NL)

  • November 2012

    17

    Hebbel am Ufer
    Berlijn (DE)

  • November 2012

    16

    Hebbel am Ufer
    Berlijn (DE)

  • November 2012

    15

    Hebbel am Ufer
    Berlijn (DE)

  • August 2012

    06

    Theaterfestival Boulevard
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • August 2012

    05

    Theaterfestival Boulevard
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • August 2012

    04

    Theaterfestival Boulevard
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • August 2012

    03

    Theaterfestival Boulevard
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • August 2012

    02

    Theaterfestival Boulevard
    Den Bosch (NL)

  • June 2012

    03

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • June 2012

    02

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • June 2012

    01

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2012

    30

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2012

    29

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2012

    28

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2012

    27

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2012

    26

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

  • May 2012

    25

    Operadagen Rotterdam
    Schouwburgplein Rotterdam (NL)

“It is horrifying, mean, hilarious, enervating, dangerous. But also funny and at times breathtakingly beautiful. (…) Music theatre for Wagner lovers and Wagner haters!”
Max Arian (De Groene Amsterdammer)

“In The haunted house of history (…) theatrical fantasy is rampant.”
Hein Janssen (De Volkskrant)

“In The haunted house of history, “the satire is ambiguous, the irony is apt, and cellists and singers offer beautiful Wagner opera fragments.”
Floris Don (NRC Handelsblad)

“Intelligent and provoking, (…) one big bundle of riveting, grotesque and megalomaniac theatre.”
Sara van der Kooi (Theaterkrant)

“Every period of time gets the artists it deserves, and ours seem to have been banished to a spurn haunted house construction. Obligatory material for our impotent policymakers.”
Hans van Dam (Grazen)

“an abundant and rich spectacle.”
Karlijn Broekhuizen (8Weekly)

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