showbizIs the accused guilty or innocent? This heavy task rested on the shoulders of several football teams tonight during the premiere of “Assisen 4 – De Sterrenmoord” at the Elckerlyc Theater in Antwerp. With actor husband Bieke Ilegems and Erik Goossens on stage. As attorneys and prosecutors, they confront each other with crossed swords.
Assizes 4 – The Star Murder tells the story of influential culinary journalist Hubert Van Parijs, who is found dead in his home. At first one thinks of a natural death, but the autopsy indicates poisoning. The investigation leads to chef Lucien Falk of the star restaurant Chez Lulu. Shortly before his death, Hubert put a review in the newspaper describing the restaurant as “not worthy of a star”. An article not without consequences: such criticism could cost him his star, his reputation, and his restaurant. Enough reasons to kill someone? The audience sits in the front row during this high-profile murder trial, flashbacks included, and also serves as the jury for the people. At the end of the show, they decided guilt and innocence
In addition to Bieke Ilegems (lawyer) and Erik Goossens (agent), Kim Van Oncen, Tom Audenaert, Peter Thyssen, Manou Kersting, Frank Maes and Veerle Malschaert all play a role in this piece. Usually Walter Damen plays the role of the prosecutor, but the well-known criminal attorney eventually had to give up because he was not compatible with his work. “I’ve reached my limits in terms of work and what I can do,” Damen said. And so, Exception, James Cooke’s production company, had to look for a replacement and found it with Erik. “I think it will be one of the biggest challenges of my life to resurrect this role by the June 18 premiere,” the actor said recently. “I get up every morning at five in the morning, and from now on I will learn my script. I also spoke to Walter and he gave me some advice. And it would be great to get into the verbal battle with my wife on stage and compete for all the audience votes.”
“Assisen 4 – De Sterrenmoord” will play until 3 July at the Elckerlyc Theater in Antwerp. tickets via except†
“It was a tough production process, but I’m very proud of the end result,” James Cook said alongside his husband, Dorian. “So everyone comes over and takes a look.”
“I would very much like to sit on a real jury,” says Hermann Verbruggen with his wife Petra by his side. “Although I don’t think it should be underestimated. You decide someone’s life.”
“I’m glad the production was able to go on, but it wasn’t really possible for me,” says Walter Damen, who usually played the lawyer but was now in the room with his wife Alexia. “I already know how well it will turn out, so when deciding whether or not to assign blame, I abstain.”
Ben Rutier also went to Theater Elckerlyc for the premiere of Assisen 4.
Against the Stars actor Chris Van Espen came to watch his wife, Elk. He’ll be on stage this summer in a comedy piece Tribute from 2032 as Stephen Van Guchte.
Sonia Kempin and her husband Mark came to support her daughter-in-law Kim Van Onsen. “We know she was very nervous because it was her first time on stage.”
30s actor Christophe Goffin made it a successful evening with a friend.
Wanne Synnave presents the morning show on MNM in July and August, but now he still has time to go to the theater with a friend.
K2 is looking for K3 candidate Remi De Smet and actress Maxine Janssens, known from Familie en Kabouter Plop, together.
Herbert Flack with director Frank van Laecke and an acquaintance.
Ludo Hoogmartens and partner Mieke were looking forward to the Assisen 4.
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