If you weren’t able to get tickets to see the sold-out “De Stormruiter” in Leeuwarden, fret not: the epic performance will be broadcast on Omrop Fryslân in December.
Translation by Traci White
The final live performances of the show will happen this weekend, and a camera crew from Omrop Fryslân will be on hand to record them. The show, which is directed by Jos Thie, has been running at WTC Expo in Leeuwarden since early September. The play is set to air on the Frisian regional broadcaster in late December.
“De Stormruiter” is one of the highest profile events during the Leeuwarden-Fryslan Capital of Culture year and depicts the region’s centuries-long battle against the elements and the origin story of the Frisian horse breed. The show, which is based on the German story “De Schimmelreiter”, features performances by well-known Dutch actors and musicians. By the end of its run this weekend, the show will have had 22 performances with 100,000 tickets have been sold.
In late September, a prank that involved the fake theft of Het Peerd van Ome Loeks statue was revealed to be a cross promotional event for the Frisian play. A collective known as Wadden uit de Schaduw revealed a replica of the eye-catching Groningen statue across the border in Friesland on the sea wall, claiming the stunt was a way to draw more attention to the region and tie in to the show.
Jos Thie has directed a series of spectacular plays starring dozens of Frisian horses, including an adaption of Shakespeare’s King Lear and “Faderpaard”. One horse was injured during the premiere performance of the show, which was attended by members of the Dutch royal family, but the horse was quickly treated and rehabilitated.