A Little Life
Oct 20—Oct 29, 2022

US Premiere

Based on the novel by Hanya Yanagihara
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Concept and direction by Ivo van Hove


No book has captivated and moved millions of readers during the past few years like A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

In this epic, worldwide bestselling novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award in 2015, the complex relationships between four ambitious friends—a lawyer, an actor, an architect, and an artist—unfold over more than three decades. Adapted for the stage by celebrated director Ivo van Hove, this harrowing story follows them from college into the pressures of middle age in New York City. Jude, the troubled protagonist, is an introverted lawyer. Intense friendships are everything to him. Fearing intimacy as much as he hungers for it, his physical and mental well-being are at stake. The book and the play, both requiring total surrender, test the profound limits and potential of love.

Note: This show includes strong language, nudity, violence, and content about suicide. Artificial scents will be used throughout the performance.



Translation by Kitty Pouwels and Josephine Ruitenberg
Adaptation Koen Tachelet
Dramaturgy by Bart Van den Eynde
Scenography and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld
Music and sound design by Eric Sleichim
Costume design by An D’Huys

Thu Jun 09
BAM Members & Patrons
Thu Jun 23
General Public
In Dutch with English subtitles.
4hrs 10min with intermission
BAM Members receive 20% off through September 5. No promo code needed.
All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

JL Greene


Leadership support for programming in the Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:


Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The SHS Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Additional support provided by Dutch Culture USA at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands:

“a triumph of emotional richness”
— The Telegraph
“This is Van Hove at his best, theatre that leaves an ineradicable mark.”
— Financial Times
“Van Hove controls the mood like a precision engineer.”
— Financial Times
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