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Cheek By Jowl: Ubu Roi
On from 18 Jun 2014 till 22 May 2014
Barbican
by Alfred Jarry
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £16 - £30

About: Cheek By Jowl: Ubu Roi

Ubu has seized control of a kingdom, abetted by his equally monstrous wife. But an invading army threatens his petty dictatorship. ‘Exhilaratingly fresh’ (Independent), this version is set within the civilised chic of a bourgeois dinner party. Any veneer of respectability soon fades into a hallucinatory parade of the grotesque.

A sell-out in 2013, Ubu Roi is the second triumphant production by Cheek by Jowl to be revived this season.

Reviews

'This exhilaratingly fresh and witty take on the play – by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod of Cheek by Jowl, here deploying their brilliant French ensemble – has a blackly hilarious twist' Independent ★★★★

'Donnellan gets richly uninhibited performances from his cast' Guardian ★★★★

'An excellently acted spree through grotesquerie... full of witty theatrical flourishes' Metro ★★★★

'A dazzling reinvention of a potty-mouthed classic' The Arts Desk ★★★★

'Endlessly inventive and wickedly funny' Financial Times ★★★★

'The company is brilliant, moving with physical fearlessness between elegance and hideous indignity' Times

'Crisply entertaining' Daily Telegraph

'As funny, startling and unsettling as it is well-acted' Le Monde (France)

'Outrageous, overflowing with unbridled energy' Le Figaro (France)

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