Skip to content

Podcast: Sometimes it's also just allowed to be about love, in The Hague. Although: in spectacle Ondine, nothing is ordinary.

'You simply cannot, as a big company, just bring journalistic theatre.' So says Jeroen de Man, who now directs the watery spectacle performance Ondine at the National Theatre. 'A bit of diversity is just fine.' So not everything in The Hague has to be as socially relevant as The Nation of Othello. Sometimes it's also allowed to just be about love, in The Hague.

This time, the Culture Press podcast directly from the rehearsal room of the National Theatre in The Hague. I am here to speak to director Jeroen de Man and some of the actors, including Mark Rietman, about Ondine. Ondine is a 1938 play by Frenchman Giraudoux. That play describes how an immortal water nymph falls in love with a knight. Their love is eternal, as long as he is not unfaithful to her. And so then things go wrong.


In the game clips in the podcast, you will hear, among others, title actress Evgenia Brendes, Stefan de Walle, Sylvia Poorta and Joris Smit.

I myself only knew the Little Mermaid fairy tale before this, but, as the actors also tell me later during this podcast, that was just one of many variations on the ancient theme of the water nymph. There is even an illness named after Ondine. This is a disease where you can no longer breathe on your own. You have to consciously do that every time. That Syndrome of Ondine is quite difficult to maintain, you will understand.

The performance promises to be breath-taking. Thanks to a fine sponsorship deal with Dunea, the orchestra pit of the Royal Theatre can be flooded. Water cocktails will also be served and you can eat fish.

Good to know Good to know
Ondine can be seen from 19 June to 7 July. Tickets are still available.

Wijbrand Schaap

Cultural journalist since 1996. Worked as theatre critic, columnist and reporter for Algemeen Dagblad, Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Rotterdams Dagblad, Parool and regional newspapers through Associated Press Services. Interviews for TheaterMaker, Theatererkrant Magazine, Ons Erfdeel, Boekman. Podcast maker, likes to experiment with new media. Culture Press is called the brainchild I gave birth to in 2009. Life partner of Suzanne Brink roommate of Edje, Fonzie and Rufus. Search and find me on Mastodon.View Author posts

Private Membership (month)
5€ / Maand
For natural persons and self-employed persons.
No annoying banners
A special newsletter
Own mastodon account
Access to our archives
Small Membership (month)
18€ / Maand
For cultural institutions with a turnover/subsidy of less than €250,000 per year
No annoying banners
A premium newsletter
All our podcasts
Your own Mastodon account
Access to archives
Posting press releases yourself
Extra attention in news coverage
Large Membership (month)
36€ / Maand
For cultural institutions with a turnover/subsidy of more than €250,000 per year.
No annoying banners
A special newsletter
Your own Mastodon account
Access to archives
Share press releases with our audience
Extra attention in news coverage
Premium Newsletter (substack)
5 trial subscriptions
All our podcasts

Payments are made via iDeal, Paypal, Credit Card, Bancontact or Direct Debit. If you prefer to pay manually, based on an invoice in advance, we charge a 10€ administration fee

*Only for annual membership or after 12 monthly payments

en_GBEnglish (UK)