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A crack ensemble of French actors... sweeping passion... terrifying.The Guardian (on Andromaque)

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 worked with the same French actors on their new production of Alfred Jarry's UBU ROI.

Donnellan masterfully releases the primal energy of Jarry's workLe Monde
Brilliant, moving with physical fearlessness between elegance and hideous indignity.The Times

The sheer vitality of Jarry's creation offered a thrilling new point of departure for the company in bringing this extraordinary eponymous figure to the stage.

UBU ROI is touring throughout 2015.

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 La Comédie de Béthune - Centre Dramatique National du Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

16 Oct 2015 - 17 Oct 2015

Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Xavier BoiffierBordure
Camille CayolMère Ubu
Vincent de BouardLe Roi Wenceslas
Christophe GrégoirePère Ubu
Cécile LetermeLa Reine Rosemonde
Sylvain LevitteBougrelas

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Associate DirectorMichelangelo Marchese
Associate and Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Assistant DirectorBertrand Lesca
Costume Supervisor Angie Burns
Lighting DesignerPascal Noel
Composer & Sound DesignerDavy Sladek, with additional music by Paddy Cunneen
Video DesignersBenoit Simon and Quentin Vigier
Voice CoachValérie Bezançon
Fight DirectorFrançois Rostain
Technical DirectorAndré Néri
Original Production ManagersDougie Wilson and Manuel Vidal
Lighting and VideoVincent Gabriel
SoundClémentine Bergel and Kenan Trevien
WardrobeMarina Aguilar
ASM / PropsJeanne Birckel and Camille Riquier
Surtitles translation (English)Harold Manning
Surtitles operator (English)Edward Fortes
Company ManagerEdward Fortes
Consultant ProducerBéatrice Catry
(Théâtres et Cie)


4 stars
Endlessly inventive and wickedly funny Sarah Hemming, Barbican, London. Financial Times ›
4 stars
Exhilaratingly fresh...blackly hilarious Paul Taylor, Barbican, London. Independent ›
4 stars
Donnellan gets richly uninhibited performances from his cast...battlefield chaos in a world of civilised chic Michael Billington, Barbican, London. The Guardian ›
4 stars
An inspired production of a gruesome drama Henry Hitchings, Barbican, London. Evening Standard ›
4 stars
The brilliance and intelligence - but also the fun - of Declan Donnellan's wise, ticklish staging for Cheek by Jowl... Roderic Dunnett, Warwick Arts Centre. Exeunt ›
4 stars
Cheek By Jowl has created a dinner party as scandalous as they come... a beautiful production, and one not to be missed. Hannah Tookey, Warwick Arts Centre. A Younger Theatre ›


Hilarious, startling, unsettling Fabienne Darge. Le Monde › (en français)
Outrageous, overflowing with unbridled energy Nathalie Simon. Le Figaro › (en français)
Donnellan leads this balletic performance with staggering virtuosity Philippe Chevilley. Les Echos › (en français)
Donnellan reminds us that theatre is an essential art which can keep us alive. Moving, surprising and possessing a dramatic power for which only Cheek by Jowl have the gift. Fabienne Alice Dubois. TouteLaCulture.com › (en français)
Donnellan's version breathes new life into the play Jack Dion. Marianne.net › (en français)


Another masterful lesson of [Declan Donnellan's] genius and the talent of his company Cheek by Jowl Imma Fernández. El Periódico › (en español) pdf | El Periódico › (in English) pdf
An incisive play, to the point, and very amusing Javier Vallejo. El País Madrid Sábado › (en español) pdf | El País Madrid Sábado › (in English) pdf

Photos by Johan Persson