“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.