Following the successful screening of Measure for Measure earlier in 2015 from the Barbican, Cheek by Jowl have announced the screening of their acclaimed production of Ubu Roi from the Gerald Lynch Theater, New York, where is it being presented as part of the 2015 Lincoln Center Festival on Sunday 26 July at 7pm UK time (2pm, New York).
In 2007, Peter Brook invited Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod to form a group of actors to perform Racine’s Andromaque. Following that production’s international success, Cheek by Jowl is collaborating with the same French actors on a new production of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi. The cast includes Xavier Boiffier, Camille Cayol, Vincent de Bouard, Christophe Grégoire, Cécile Leterme and Sylvain Levitte.
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 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 ‘crack ensemble of French actors’ (Guardian) for this outrageous classic.
The production is suitable or 16 years +.
Declan Donnellan directs. He is joint founder of Cheek by Jowl with Nick Ormerod. As joint Artistic Director of the company, he has directed over 30 productions. In 1989 he was made Associate Director of the Royal National Theatre in London where his productions have included Fuente Ovenjuna, Sweeney Todd, The Mandate and both parts of Angels in America. His other directing credits include for the Royal Shakespeare Company The School for Scandal, King Lear (Academy 2002) and Great Expectations; Le Cid for the Avignon Festival, Romeo and Juliet (Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow), The Winter’s Tale (Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg). In 1999 he was invited by Valery Shadrin to form a company of actors in Moscow under the auspices of The Chekhov International Theatre Festival; this company’s productions include Boris Godunov, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and The Tempest. These productions have already been seen in 48 cities of 25 countries. He has received awards in Moscow, Paris, New York and London, including three Laurence Olivier Awards – Director of the Year (1987), Best Director of a Play (1995) and the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement (1990). He has been awarded a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his work in France. His first film was Bel Ami, co-directed with Nick Ormerod. His recently directed Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Performed in French with English subtitles. The company has performed in over 300 cities, across 40 countries, spanning 6 continents and has received numerous international awards. They are Artistic Associates of the Barbican, London.
Cheek by Jowl: Measure for Measure
As well as Ubu Roi, Cheek by Jowl’s productions of Twelfth Night, The Tempest and Three Sisters continue to tour both nationally and internationally.
Running time? 1 hour 50 mins / no interval
Age guidance: 16+
Screening on 26th July 2015
Monday 20th July 2015