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Troilus and Cressida
On from 22 May 2008 till 14 Jun 2008
by Cheek by Jowl
Genre(s): Drama, Classic

About: Troilus and Cressida

The Trojan War, the defining legend of western literature, is stripped to its raw heart in Shakespeare’s scathing satire on glory, chivalry and doomed love. After seven years of fighting, the Greeks and the Trojans have reached a stalemate. As each renews its thirst for bloodshed, they discover that heroes and heroines do not only fall in battle.

By turns terrifying, hilarious, and passionate Troilus and Cressida will be Cheek by Jowl’s most ambitious, large-scale production to date. This four week run as part of bite08 is the only opportunity to see Cheek by Jowl’s English language work in the UK this year.

Since its foundation 26 years ago, Cheek by Jowl has achieved astounding success in the UK and
internationally. Declan Donnellan is renowned for his direction of finely crafted performances, which shine out against the backdrop of Nick Ormerod’s stunningly minimalist sets.

22 May – 14 Jun 2008

7.15pm (also 2.30pm on 31 May and 7 14 Jun)
Running time tbc

Captioned performance 31 May 2.30pm

3 Jun: Pre Show Talk. Artistic Director Declan Donnellan in conversation. Free to same day ticket holders.

Tickets £25

Please note: The Barbican Theatre will be transformed for this production, with a limited number of seats.


‘Potent, iconoclastic theatre.’ Time Out

‘The emotions are so intense... it’s impossible not to be gripped.’ Time Out on Cymbeline, bite07

‘Superlative stuff.’ The Evening Standard on Cymbeline, bite07

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