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Ubu Roi By Alfred Jarry: 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 remains a startling challenge to the comfortable and conventional.
Perfomed in French.
Cheek by Jowl is one of Britain’s most daring and respected theatre companies, led by co-artistic directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, who have produced work in English, French and Russian across six continents since 1981. They have worked in Russia since 1986 and this, their first collaboration with Moscow’s historic Pushkin Theatre, has been admired for blending the great traditions of Russian theatre with piercing modern perspectives.
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