Jude Law(Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images) We’re a keeping a close eye on this production…with this talent attached, who knows what life it could have after London! Two-time Tony nominee Jude Law is set to lead a stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s film Obsession at the Barbican. Helmed by Ivo Van Hove, a 2016 Tony nominee for directing A View From the Bridge and who is currently represented on Broadway by The Crucible, the show will begin performances on April 19, 2017. Obsession is scheduled to officially open on April 25 and play a limited engagement through May 20.“I’d heard great things about Ivo van Hove and when I saw A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic and then Antigone at the Barbican I knew he was someone I really wanted to have the opportunity to work with,” said Law in a statement. The actor received Tony nods for his work in Hamlet and Indiscretions. On screen Law garnered Oscar nominations for The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain; other film credits include Gattaca, Enemy at the Gates, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Road to Perdition, Alfie, Closer, The Holiday, Contagion, Hugo, Anna Karenina, Side Effects, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes series.Drifter Gino (Law), powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.Visconti’s first feature film, 1943’s Obsession, is based on James M Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice and gave rise to Italian neorealism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval.Following Kings of War, Obsession is part of the Van Hove’s residency at the Barbican; additional productions set for the lineup include Roman Tragedies and After the Rehearsal/Persona. View Comments
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Scotland will be keen to continue the improvements of recent seasons, while for Italy the priority will be ending a Six Nations losing run which stands at 17 matches.Here we take a look at the teams and what each can expect from their 2019 campaign.IRELANDWho’s in charge?Joe Schmidt is nearing the end of his time at the Irish helm after announcing that he will leave the job at the end of the World Cup. Successor Andy Farrell is already on Schmidt’s staff and will be taking notes during this year’s championship.Rory Best has skippered Ireland for the past two years – a period of tremendous success for Schmidt’s side that has seen the team crowned Grand Slam winners and beat the All Blacks for the first two times in history. He is the oldest player in this year’s championship at 36.Who’s the key man?Ireland boasts World Rugby’s Player of the Year in the shape of fly-half Johnny Sexton. He has faced a race to be fit for the opener against England but will be key to Ireland’s success if he has shaken off the effects of a knee injury. Wing Jacob Stockdale – player of the tournament in 2018 – also poses a threat to any defense.What happened last year?Ireland completed the Grand Slam at Twickenham on the final weekend of the championship, consigning its opponents to a fifth-place finish. It was Ireland’s first clean sweep since 2009.What’s expected this year?Ireland has arguably enhanced its reputation since last year’s championship, picking up a series win in Australia, as well as a 16-9 victory over the All Blacks in November. If it can keep up that kind of form over the coming weeks, Ireland will prove themselves to be a serious contender for the 2019 World Cup.Not a bad haul!Well done lads. pic.twitter.com/v2Pssd7Xj5— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 24, 2019WALESWho’s in charge?Another coach preparing to say his goodbyes at the end of the year is Warren Gatland, who will stand down as Wales chief after 12 years in charge. The Kiwi has led the team to two Grand Slams during his tenure.Alun Wyn Jones is captain and, with 119 caps to his name, is rapidly closing in on Gethin Jenkins’ record of 129 appearances for his country.Who’s the key man?The battle for Wales’ No. 10 jersey is always fiercely fought and Gareth Anscombe appears to have his hands on the prize after starting the wins over Scotland, Australia and South Africa in November. Anscombe’s challenge will be maintaining his level of performance with Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell snapping at his heels.What happened last year?It was an impressive second-place finish for Wales in 2018, although its failure to win a match on the road may be a lingering cause for concern ahead of a championship in which it faces three away fixtures.What’s expected this year?Wales has been faced with dreadful luck when it comes to injuries, with Gatland saying only a week and a half before the tournament that just 27 members of his 39-man squad had been able to train, with experienced campaigners Taulupe Faletau and Dan Lydiate among those missing altogether. The situation will likely see players such as Thomas Young and Aaron Wainwright given their chance – experience that could come in useful in Japan later this year. Of the sides contesting the Six Nations, only Ireland can better Wales’ record of 10 Test wins in 2018.It’s that time of year again. Dau fis llawn cyffro. #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/AF9VuyKfE0— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) January 28, 2019SCOTLANDWho’s in charge?Gregor Townsend continued Scotland’s sustained growth in the competition last season, guiding the side to impressive victories over England and France.The captaincy has returned to scrum-half Greig Laidlaw, with John Barclay, who led Scotland in the 2018 championship, yet to recover from an Achilles injury that has prevented him from making his Edinburgh debut since joining from the Scarlets ahead of the 2018-19 season.Who’s the key man?Stuart Hogg has been the most eye-catching star of Scotland’s resurgence over recent years and made more meters than any other player in the competition last year.What happened last year?Scotland finished third but things could have been better had it not been for a slow start in Wales, where the Scots kicked off the championship with a 34-7 defeat. Their campaign will be remembered for the 25-13 win against England at Murrayfield – their first Calcutta Cup victory for a decade.What’s expected this year?With Italy heading to Edinburgh on the opening weekend, Scotland should have an opportunity to get into gear before welcoming Ireland a week later. Scotland is capable of upsetting the campaigns of other would-be Six Nations champions but, with trips to Paris and Twickenham on the itinerary, a challenge for the title looks unlikely.| Hard work continues for @scotlandteam at Oriam! #AsOne pic.twitter.com/84AXJw46lE— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) January 28, 2019FRANCEWho’s in charge?Jacques Brunel took over not long before last year’s championship, following the sacking of Guy Noves. He almost got France off to a winning start in his first match in charge against eventual champion Ireland – Les Bleus undone by a last-minute Sexton drop goal in Paris.Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado skippers the side, having held onto the role despite the change of coach.Who’s the key man?Center Mathieu Bastareaud sits on 50 caps and his experience should complement the wave of young talent coming into the squad. Romain Ntamack – son of former France international Emile – is among the youthful contingent and could make his debut.What happened last year?Victory over England in round four was the highlight for France but a series of narrow defeats limited its impact on the championship. The disappointment of a 15-13 home defeat to Ireland was compounded by a 32-26 loss at Murrayfield and a 14-13 reverse in Cardiff as it finished fourth. France dropped a number of players after they were involved in an incident on a night out following the Scotland defeat.What’s expected this year?France is, as ever, difficult to predict but if it could convert some of those narrow defeats into victories, there is no reason why it could not end up in the mix at the top of the table.Photo officielle !#XVdeFrance #NeFaisonsXV pic.twitter.com/yunXI6Nv5e— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) January 22, 2019ENGLANDWho’s in charge?Eddie Jones came under pressure for the first time in his England tenure in 2018. The team was unbeatable in the first 17 matches of his time in charge but last year lost six of 12 Tests – after losing only one of the previous 23 under Jones.Jones has opted for co-captains over recent times but will begin the championship with a solo skipper in the form of Owen Farrell, with Dylan Hartley having been ruled out of the opener against Ireland due to a knee injury.Who’s the key man?It is difficult to look beyond Farrell – a man who has spent most of his time as a center under Jones and in a share of leadership with Hartley. The Saracens man was utilized at fly-half in November and, with the captaincy his for the time being, this could be Farrell’s chance to make both roles his own ahead of the World Cup.What happened last year?England’s disappointing 2018 kicked off with a shocking fifth-place finish in the Six Nations – a championship that saw the side beaten by Scotland, France and Ireland after it opened with wins against Italy and Wales. It was England’s worst performance since the 1987 Five Nations.What’s expected this year?An improvement at the very least. England will be underdogs for the opener against Ireland and how it fares in Dublin could set the tone for the campaign. France at home and a trip to Cardiff follow, so England is going to have to work hard for points early in the championship.Primed and ready to goThe countdown to the #GuinnessSixNations is ON #CarryThemHome pic.twitter.com/Qfn7Lkcpjg— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 23, 2019ITALYWho’s in charge?Conor O’Shea’s time as Italy coach has failed to bring about much of an improvement in their Six Nations performances and he may be under pressure in 2019 to show the fruits of his three years at the helm.Stalwart Sergio Parisse has been a fantastic servant to Italy over the years and at 35 years old, with 134 caps to his name, he remains the figurehead of the national team. Who’s the key man?Matteo Minozzi would have this category all tied up based on his breakthrough performance last year, but a serious knee injury has ruled out the fullback. His absence puts the pressure on Jayden Hayward or Edoardo Padovani to perform at 15.What happened last year?Italy’s defeat to Scotland in its final match of 2018 means the side has lost its last 17 games in the championship, tied for the longest such run in Five/Six Nations histor with France’s 17-match skid from 1911-20. Italy’s run stretches back to 2015.What’s expected this year?With injuries to key players there appears little hope Italy can snap its skid and avoid going a full World Cup cycle without winning a Six Nations fixture.A year ago @Federugby were three minutes away from beating @ScotlandteamConor O’Shea wants to see his team rewarded for their efforts in the 2019 #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/bj6iT8v2aE— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) January 25, 2019 The 2019 Six Nations gets under way on Friday, when France host Wales in Paris.Ireland won the Grand Slam last time around and begins its campaign in Dublin on Saturday against England, whose Twickenham home was the setting for the defending champion’s crowning moment in 2018.