Cheek by Jowl
Ubu Roi

by Alfred Jarry

10 - 20 April 2013 / 19:30, 14:30
Silk Street Theatre

£21 - 26

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Following its first performance in 1896, Alfred Jarry’s brutal satire about greed and the abuse of power was outlawed for its scandalous language, violence and disrespect for authority.

Anarchic and petulant, King Ubu has seized control of Poland, Lithuania and everything in between, abetted by his equally monstrous wife. But an invading army soon threatens his petty dictatorship. With resonances of Macbeth and unflinching humour, Ubu Roi, an inspiration to later absurdist playwrights, remains a startling challenge to the comfortable and conventional.

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, directors of Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl, are reunited once again with their 'crack ensemble' (Guardian) of French actors, last seen in Andromaque in 2009.

'One of the world’s most influential companies' Time Out

'Endlessly inventive and wickedly funny' Financial Times ★★★★

1 hour 50 mins/no interval

Age guidance 16+ (contains adult themes)

Performed in French with English surtitles

Director Declan Donnellan               
Designer Nick Ormerod                    
Associate Director Michelangelo Marchese      
Associate & Movement Director Jane Gibson                      
Lighting Designer Pascal Noel                       
Composer & Sound Designer Davy Sladek                      
Video Design Benoit Simon/Quentin Vigier           
Costume Angie Burns                      
Assistant Director Bertrand Lesca
Voice Valérie Bezancon
Fight Director Francois Rostain 

Part of our Dancing around Duchamp season

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Weekend Lab: Cheek by Jowl on Acting
20 & 21 Apr
A two-day workshop with Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod


Co-produced by Cheek by Jowl with the Barbican, Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale and Comédie de Béthune, Centre Dramatique National Nord/Pas-de-Calais

Cheek by Jowl is supported by Arts Council England

French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français

French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français


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