Two Belgian Directors at the 28th Molière Awards
Two Belgian directors have been nominated in several categories for the 28th Molière Awards. Every year since 1987, this event has recognised the most noteworthy artists and shows of the theatre season. "20.000 lieues sous les mers" [20,000 Leagues Under the Sea] by Christian Hecq won the Molière for Visual Creation.
The Brussels-born Christian Hecq had already won the Molière for Best Actor in 2011 for his role in "Un fil à la patte" by Feydeau and was directed by famous names such as Daniel Mesguish or Jean-Michel Ribes, before entering the Comédie-Française, where he performed in "Cyrano de Bergerac", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "The Marriage of Figaro". Christian Hecq has also acted for cinema in films such as "Avenue Montaigne" (2006), "9-Month Stretch" (2013) and "Visiteurs III" (2016). He was included in four categories for his interpretation and directing of "20.000 lieues sous les mers" by Jules Verne. Competing for the Molière for Best Show in a Public Theatre, the Molière for Visual Creation, the Molière for Best Actor in a Public Theatre Show and the Molière for the Best Director of a Public Theatre show, he won the Molière for Visual Creation.
Ivo Van Hove, a Flemish director who is currently the Director at the Toneelgroep Amsterdam is known particularly for directing the musical "Lazarus" currently playing in New York and "The Damned" which will open the next Avignon Festival that takes place from 6 to 24 July. This year, he was nominated in three categories for directing "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller, the Molière for Best Show in a Public Theatre, the Molière for Best Director of a Public Theatre Show and the Molière for the Best Actor in a Public Theatre Show, with the nomination for the actor Charles Berling.