Monologue after Simon Vestdijk

music theatre | 2016-2017

De Koperen Tuin is regarded as a highlight in Dutch literature by Simon Vestdijk. After their successful show Cosima, director Laurens Krispijn de Boer and pianist/actor Christiaan Kuyvenhoven continued their collaboration in De Koperen Tuin. They adapted the novel for theatre into a moving, musical monologue. Christiaan gets inside the character of Nol Rieske and performs piano music by Bizet, Chopin, Beethoven and Sousa/Horowitz. De Koperen Tuin toured theatres in The Netherlands from 2016-2018.

De Koperen Tuin


When Nol Rieske is taken to ‘The Coper Garden’ by his mother, he gets enchanted by the brass band. The music takes control over him and he dances with Trix. This remarkable girl, the alcoholic conductor Cuperus, and the magical sounds of the music will from then on determine his youth in the provincial town of W… A performance of the opera Carmen turns out to be fundamental for the rest of his life. It marks the social downfall of his musical hero Cuperus, and leads Trix to a dramatic decision. Nol tries to understand his role in it by reliving his juvenile memories. Did he well to leave the opera early? And could he have influenced Trix’ faith, and have won her for himself for once and for all?


Director: Laurens Krispijn de Boer
Novel by: Simon Vestdijk
Script: Laurens Krispijn de Boer & Christiaan Kuyvenhoven
Stage & light design: Het Blauwe Uur
Technique: Eelco Vellema, Backstage Crew
Photography: Ralf Mitch, Vincent Kuyvenhoven, Ronald Knapp
Thanks to: VSB Fonds, Staetshuys Fonds
Produced by: Certo Productions