'Tis Pity She's A Whore 2011 / 2012

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A blazing, daring vision - a masterful eveningLe Figaro

Following their triumphant productions of The Changeling (2006) and the Duchess of Malfi (1995), Cheek by Jowl return to Jacobean tragedy with a new production of John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore.

In this violent and bloody drama, we watch a brother and sister's passionate descent into hell. Incest, morality, religion and corruption all intertwine to make this play as shocking and controversial today as it was almost four hundred years ago.

acted with an enviable, powerfully passionate edgeL'Humanité

This production is suitable for 16+

Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London,
Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale and Sydney Festival

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Cast
Suzanne BurdenHippolita
David CollingsFlorio
Ryan EllsworthDonado
Jimmy FairhurstGratiano
Jack GordonGiovanni
Nyasha HatendiFriar
Jack HawkinsSoranzo
Lizzie HopleyPutana
Peter MoretonCardinal/Doctor
David MumeniGrimaldi
Laurence SpellmanVasques
Lydia WilsonAnnabella

Creatives
DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Associate and Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
Music/Sound DesignNick Powell
Associate DirectorOwen Horsley
 
Casting DirectorSiobhan Bracke
Voice CoachEmma Woodvine
Fight DirectorJonathan Waller
Production ManagerSimon Bourne
Costume SupervisorAngie Burns
 
Company ManagerLinsey Hall
Technical Stage ManagerDougie Wilson
Deputy Stage ManagerClare Loxley
Lighting AssociateKristina Hjelm
Sound AssociateMark Cunningham
Production PhotographyManuel Harlan
Wardrobe ManagerVictoria Youngson
Assistant Stage Manager
(Rehearsals, Paris)
Tilly Stokes
Assistant Stage Manager
(Tour)
Rosina Webb
Stage Management placementAngela Garrick

UK

4 stars
Britain's Cheek by Jowl condense John Ford's still-potent Jacobean play into two hours of sensual, fluid and sometimes blackly comic drama.

Declan Donnellan's production blends the codified gestures of Elizabethan theatre with choreographed movement sequences (developed by Jane Gibson), painterly tableaux and 21st-century Tarantino-toned viciousness. The Sunday Times
darkly funny, superbly visceral and poignant... electrifying. Independent on Sunday
5 stars
one of the finest and most bitterly outrageous Jacobean productions you could hope to see... totally compelling WhatsOnStage
4 stars
sexy, stylish, a thrill to sit through The Times
4 stars
thrillingly intense and urgent Evening Standard
4 stars
diabolically witty and sexed up The Independent
4 stars
fleet-of-foot and fluid The Telegraph
4 stars
Declan Donnellan's thrilling Cheek by Jowl revival...a modern, gothic spin Financial Times
Donnellan and Ormerod's sexy and unnerving new production...gruesomely, wildly alive Time Out, Critic's Choice

France

Up-to-the-minute design, a blazing, daring vision - a masterful evening.

Tragic, violent, scandalous, the play is a masterpiece. An absolute must-see.

a stunning ensemble guided by Declan Donnellan's masterful hand.

the company grabs hold of the play with a vivid intensity. Le Figaro
John Ford's play, transposed from the Renaissance to the 3rd millennium by the British director Declan Donnellan, is a frenetic ballet-opera where damned lovers flirt with the apocalypse.

The company, on stage throughout - celebrating, fighting or hiding in the shade like an army of demons - are impressive in their energy and virtuosity. Not every day does one get (and feel) such an Elizabethan hit. Les Echos
it is masterfully organised in modern dress, in an ingenious design by Nick Ormerod ... it is acted with an enviable, powerfully passionate edge. L'Humanité

Spain

As on previous occasions, the cast of Cheek by Jowl are capable of rigorously respecting the text, adapting it to modern dress and situations, thereby making more poignant the validity and humanity of the emotions it narrates. In this case it plays with the myriad of unbridled passions whereby the splendid actors move, amuse and sadden the audience, crossing the stage with boundless energy, in control of every last detail, in a subtle and precise theatrical choreography, with an impressive physical presence, manipulating difficult texts with immense confidence and displaying musical skills and even circus tricks. Overwhelming. El Mundo
The performance by Cheek by Jowl, presented last week at the Matadero after a very successful international tour, is, I believe, one of the best of its career. Babélia (El País supplement)

Australia

4 stars
Britain's Cheek by Jowl condense John Ford's still-potent Jacobean play into two hours of sensual, fluid and sometimes blackly comic drama.

Declan Donnellan's production blends the codified gestures of Elizabethan theatre with choreographed movement sequences (developed by Jane Gibson), painterly tableaux and 21st-century Tarantino-toned viciousness. Sydney Morning Herald

Photos by Manuel Harlan