UK Premiere, Pre-Factory Event

The Fountainhead

Based on the book by Ayn Rand


Wed 10 July -
Sat 13 July

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Running time

4hrs 15min including interval


Lyric Theatre, The Lowry webBreak Pier 8, The Quays, M50 3AZ webBreak webBreak Presented in Dutch with English surtitles and contains scenes of an adult nature

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Ivo van Hove brings his Internationaal Theater Amsterdam ensemble to The Lowry to perform his most controversial work. The Fountainhead is a gripping adaptation of Ayn Rand’s uncompromising 20th-century classic, a major inspiration for libertarian politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Fountainhead is a portrait of Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who rejects easy routes to commercial success in favour of innovation and independence. It’s ‘a war of ideas’, in Van Hove’s words, encompassing art and architecture, commerce and capitalism. But it’s also a passionate hymn to individualism – and a dark, violent love story. Presented as a pre-Factory event, The Fountainhead received its UK premiere at MIF19.

By Ayn Rand
Directed by Ivo van Hove
internationaal theater amsterdam

With Janni Goslinga, Aus Greidanus jr., Maarten Heijmans, Hans Kesting, Hugo Koolschijn, Ramsey Nasr, Frieda Pittoors, Halina Reijn, Bart Slegers
Translation: Jan van Rheenen, Erica van Rijsewijk
Adaptation: Koen Tachelet
Dramaturgy: Peter van Kraaij
Scenography & Light Design: Jan Versweyveld
Composer: Eric Sleichim
Costumes: An D’Huys
Video: Tal Yarden
Music: Bl!ndman (drums): Yves Goemaere, Hannes Nieuwlaet, Christiaan Saris
private producer Emmerique Granpré Moliere

Photo: Jan Versweyveld

Contains scenes of an adult nature and sexual violence.

£10 Greater Manchester resident lower wage tickets are available.

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