Ubu Roi – at the Barbican

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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.

“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.

“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.” – from the Barbican website

“Cheek by Jowl ... has become a byword for theatrical excellence” “Cheek By Jowl would represent Britain on any list of the world's most influential theatre companies: it is not merely an institution; it is a kiss of life. Donnellan and Ormerod's sexy and unnerving new production of ‘Tis Pity…’ exemplifies their approach to the classics, into which they have breathed new vitality.” – from Time Out

Cheek by Jowl have “developed a reputation for teasing the intricacies from classic texts while skewering the pieties that surround them.” – from the Guardian

This play has now sold out at the Barbican; however it may be worth contacting the Box Office to enquire about returned tickets.

The play is performed in French with English surtitles. The performance is at the Silk Street Theatre within the Barbican – a map is available on the Barbican website.

The plan is to stay on for a drink or a coffee after the screening at the Foodhall or one of the foyer cafes – anyone who would like is welcome to join me.

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  • stephen

    Not my cup of tea

    April 19, 2013

  • Jane

    Summary of plan:
    If you want to come early, let me know, and (if so) I'll be at western end of Waterside Cafe (the Foodhall) from 6.15, wearing red scarf & gigantic diamante earrings. I have long brown hair. My mobile number was sent out by email. I won't come early unless at least a couple of attendees plan to - so please let me know.
    For those coming "just in time", I'll be in the central part of the Silk Street Theatre foyer from about 7.15 pm for 10 minutes or so. My seat is H13.
    Play runs till about 9.20 pm (no interval). Anyone who wants is welcome to stay on for a drink at the Camera Cafe Bar round the corner (Barbican Foodhall shuts at 8).
    Please contribute £1 on arrival on the evening - thanks in advance.

    April 18, 2013

    • Jane

      No attendees have indicated they will come early, so I'll simply be in the foyer of the theatre from 7.15 as mentioned above.

      April 18, 2013

  • Caroline

    URGENT

    NO MEETUP POINT FOR BEFORE OR AFTER.

    HOW WILL WE RECOGNISE EACH OTHER? I BOOKED ON THIS AS A GROUP EVENT - RATHER DISAPPOINTED.

    April 18, 2013

    • Jane

      I sent a detailed email about this yesterday to all attendees, and have had several replies. Are your Meetup emails suppressed or similar? Can resend if will work.

      April 18, 2013

    • Gabriela

      Caroline, Jane is hosting this event and she sent out several emails in the last few days. Haven't you received any?

      April 18, 2013

  • Caroline

    Are we meeting beforehand? Not everybody may be able to stay on later!

    April 17, 2013

  • Sue

    Hi, do we buy are own tickets because it seems sold out?
    Thanks

    April 7, 2013

    • Jane

      Sue, yes we buy our own tickets, and indeed it seems to have sold out. It may be worth contacting the Box Office to ask about returns.

      April 8, 2013

    • Caroline

      Are we meeting beforehand as well? Depending on finish time not everybody may be able to stay on after.

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    in greece

    March 12, 2013

  • stephen

    RSVP seems to be playing up but no matter - c u there

    March 3, 2013

  • stephen

    in seats G21 and 22

    March 3, 2013

  • stephen

    G21 and 22

    March 3, 2013

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