'Tis Pity She's A Whore 2012 / 2013

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A blazing, daring vision - a masterful eveningLe Figaro

Following the success of its 2011/12 performances across Paris, Sydney, New York, London and Madrid, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore will return to the UK and internationally next spring.

This vivid and violent Jacobean tragedy shows a brother and sister's passionate descent into hell. Incest, religion and corrupt morality collide in this 'sexy, stylish production' (The Times), making this play as shocking and controversial today as it was almost four hundred years ago.

one of the finest and most bitterly outrageous Jacobean productions you could hope to see... totally compellingWhats on stage

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

Find out more by visiting the entry for this production in our archive
Cast
Gina BramhillAnnabella
Philip CairnsGrimaldi
David CollingsFlorio
Hedydd DylanHippolita
Ryan EllsworthDonado
Jimmy FairhurstGratiano
Orlando JamesGiovanni
Jonathan LivingstoneFriar
Peter MoretonDoctor/Cardinal
Nicola SandersonPutana
Gyuri SarossySoranzo
Laurence SpellmanVasques

Creatives
DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Associate and Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
SoundMark Cunningham
Co-DirectorOwen Horsley
 
Company Stage ManagerLinsey Hall
Deputy Stage ManagerClare Loxley
LightingDavid Salter
Composer and Sound DesignerNick Powell

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


Education

'Tis Pity She's a Whore Education Pack (PDF)