|Alfred Jarry: Ubu Roi|
Cheek by Jowl
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 ensemble of French actors, last seen in Andromaque in 2009.
Lighting Designer: Pascal Noel
Composer & Sound Designer: Davy Sladek
Video Design: Benoit Simon/Quentin Vigier
Costume: Angie Burns
Voice: Valérie Bezancon
Fight Director: Francois Rostain
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
Barbican Centre Web Site
Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm, 2:30 pm