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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)

To save his life, Pericles must navigate stormy seas, pirates, brothels, incest, shipwrecks, human traffickers and tournaments. But as the fireworks dim, and chaos resolves, loss and love reveal themselves.

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.

2 hours/no interval

Age guidance 16+

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 6.55pm ready for a prompt 7pm 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

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