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Pericles (Périclès, Prince de Tyr)

Cheek by Jowl

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Astute, arresting and vital, Cheek by Jowl’s Shakespeare productions have inspired audiences around the world. At their heart, ‘vivid performances like a laser of light set the text ablaze’ (Guardian)

Seamlessly switching between reality and imagination, we are transported straight into the embattled mind of Pericles. To return home to his loved ones, he must make undertake an epic journey, conquer his delusions and accept love. 

Featuring Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl’s French ensemble, last seen here in the explosive Ubu Roi in 2014, Pericles is directed by Declan Donnellan, awarded the Golden Lion of Venice for his lifetime achievement in theatre. In collaboration with Nick Ormerod, they produce their first Shakespeare in French.

1 hour 40 mins/no interval. Age guidance 16+. Contains scenes of mild violence. Performed in French with English surtitles

Thu 12 Apr, 6pm, Fountain Room
Pre-show talk for members

14–15 Apr
Weekend Lab
Led by Assistant Director Marcus Roche

Wed 18 Apr, Live Stream rehearsal
If you are attending the performance on Wed 18 April please note this performance is being live streamed (this will be a rehearsal so the footage will not be broadcast). Although there will be several cameras inside the auditorium, they will not obstruct the view of the stage from your seats.  

Thu 19 Apr, Live Stream
If you are attending the performance on Thu 19 April please note this performance is being live streamed. Although there will be several cameras inside the auditorium, they will not obstruct the view of the stage from your seats.  Audience members may be filmed and could appear on screen during the broadcast. Please be in your seats by 7.25pm ready for a prompt 7.30pm start. There will be no latecomers for this performance.

Presented by the Barbican. Produced by Cheek by Jowl. Co-produced by the Barbican, Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale and Théâtre du Nord, CDN-Lille-Tourcoing-Hauts de France. With support from Jeune Théâtre National-France. With the support of Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater


‘Watching this ‘Pericles’ is an adventure, and it leaves you breathless, relieved to be back on solid ground.‘
‘Arresting, imaginative and resonant interpretation of a Shakespearean romance‘
‘A brilliant French ensemble‘
‘Unnerving and technically brilliant, an ensemble cast of seven bring this bizarre tale to life.‘
‘A distilled, breathtaking, humorous adventure‘
‘A raging force of energy‘
‘Outrageous, overflowing with unbridled energy‘
Le Figaro


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Live stream: Cheek by Jowl - Pericles

Watch Cheek by Jowl's performance of Pericles, live streamed from the Silk Street Theatre. Starts at 7.30pm (GMT+1)

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