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Three of Michelangelo Antonioni's finest films have been turned into a single stage play – complete with mind-boggling special effects. Maxie Szalwinska meets the Belgian director behind the show

Ivo van Hove's Roman Tragedies was one of the theatrical highlights of 2009. A six-hour mash-up of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, the Belgian director's inspired show used sharp-suited actors and live video to create something akin to Shakespeare crossed with 24-hour rolling news. The Guardian's Lyn Gardner said the production, performed at the Barbican, made it seem "as if Shakespeare is not only our contemporary but only finished writing the plays this morning".

Now Van Hove is back – with Antonioni Project, a work that does a similar trick with three 1960s films by the legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni: L'Avventura, La Notte and L'Eclisse. "Antonioni Project is not an adaptation of the movies," says Van Hove, sitting »

- Maxie Szalwinska

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