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The Years

Directed by Eline Arbo, Adapted as De jaren by Eline Arbo, in an English version by Stephanie Bain, Based on Les Années by Annie Ernaux

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Sat 27 Jul - Sat 31 Aug 2024

Memory never stops. It pairs the dead with the living, real with imaginary beings, dreams with history.

She strikes a pose and the camera shutter clicks:

A child playing in the debris of the Second World War. Click. A student discovering parties and men’s bodies. Click. An activist fighting for the right to choose. Click. A wife picking out a velvet sofa. Click. A mother taking her eldest to judo. Click. A lover, seducing a younger man. Click. A grandmother presenting her granddaughter to the camera. Click

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam’s new Artistic Director Eline Arbo directs her inventive stage adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux’s critically acclaimed “masterpiece” (The Guardian) The Years. Five different actors bring one woman’s personal and political story to life, set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing post-war Europe.


The original production and adaptation of The Years was first produced as De Jaren by Het Nationale Theater in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2022. 

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Introducing the play

Find out more about this UK premiere from Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold as he introduces Eline Arbo‘s inventive stage adaptation of Les Années.

Creative Team

Eline Arbo

Director and Adapter

Stephanie Bain

English Adapter

Annie Ernaux

Original Book Writer

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