Servé Hermans and Michel Sluysmans have teamed up with many partners in the city and region to put together the programme for King’s Day. These two got to know each other in 1996 at the Maastricht youth theatre school Partoet and have been the artistic directors at Toneelgroep Maastricht since 2015.
The King and the Royal Family will explore the city during a special walk (approximately one kilometre).
Michel Sluysmans (1979, Heerlen) graduated from Amsterdam University of the Arts’ Academy of Theatre and Dance in 2002, after which he became one of the founders of theatre group Annette Speelt. Until 2009, together with Thijs Römer, he was the group’s artistic director and played, directed, and wrote for it. Annette Speelt was liquidated in 2009. Michel has performed with Orkater, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Het Nationale Toneel (now Het Nationale Theater), Toneelgroep Oostpool, Het Noord Nederlands Toneel (NNT), and Het Zuidelijk Toneel. Between 2009 and 2011, he was a regular actor at Het Nationale Toneel.
He played in various feature films such as Riphagen (Pieter Kuijpers), 06/05 (Theo van Gogh), and Malpensa (Annette Speelt). For his role in Riphagen, Michel received a Gouden Kalf nomination for best male supporting role. His television career saw him feature in Van God Los, Jeuk, Baantjer, Flikken Maastricht, Moordvrouw, Overspel, and Family Kruys.
Servé Hermans (Maastricht, 1981) studied at the Toneelacademie Maastricht and worked as an actor at Het Zuidelijk Toneel, NTGent, and other groups. Starring in many productions both in the Netherlands and abroad, he worked with directors such as Johan Simons, Dimiter Gotscheff, and Domien van der Meiren. Hermans also made and directed his own performances during his time at NTGent, including a version of La Grande Bouffe, Tartuffe, De Illusionist, Hansel and Gretel (co-production with Schauspielhaus Köln). As a director who is eager to give back to society, his work often features large scenes with a lot of musicality and visually appealing mise-en-scènes.
At Toneelgroep Maastricht, Hermans produced Othello, Not the Tommy Cooper Story, Eyes wide shut, Pinkpop, een muzikaal liefdesverhaal, Ich bau dir ein Schloss, La Superba, Emma, King Lear, Romeo & Juliet – opening performance at Cultura Nova 2019, and opening of Buitenring Parkstad. He played with Toneelgroep Maastricht in Waar het vlakke land gaat plooien and Brieven uit Genua.