Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl by Peter Kirwan

15th Feb 2019 12:02pm

On 21 February 2019, Bloomsbury will publish Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl by Peter Kirwan. Find out more about this new scholarly study of Cheek by Jowl’s work.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl by Peter Kirwan

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Cheek by Jowl is the first book-length scholarly study of the work of one of the world’s leading theatre companies. Drawing on new interviews with the company’s present and past members, detailed archival work, and analysis of twelve case studies of productions, Peter Kirwan’s book unpacks the innovations and legacy of Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod and their collaborators over four decades of practice.

The book celebrates Cheek by Jowl’s work in English, French, and Russian, pairing productions that illustrate a particular aspect of the company’s work. The book begins with the origins of a Cheek by Jowl production, examining the rehearsal room experiments of The Winter’s Tale (2016-17) and Donnellan’s script of Lady Betty (1989) to see how the company’s style first takes shape.

Subsequent chapters examine the company’s signature interplay of bodies and space (The Duchess of Malfi, 1995-6; Macbeth, 2009-11), the acclaimed gender experiments of the all-male productions (As You Like It, 1991-5; Twelfth Night, 2003-), and the approach to editing and cutting the texts in an approach often described as ‘filmic’ (Cymbeline, 2007; The Tempest, 2011-). Interviews with actors, creatives, and the producing team give insight into the decisions made, while analyses of the productions root the book’s arguments in what was seen on stage.

The company’s more recent innovations in design of detailed sets forms the focus of a chapter on environments (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, 2011-14; Ubu Roi, 2013-15), and Donnellan’s recent emphasis on the importance of ‘empathy’ closes the book with discussions of Much Ado about Nothing (1998) and Measure for Measure (2013-).

This book traces the unique elements of the company’s work that transcend language, decade and playwright, making a case for Cheek by Jowl being among the most important interpreters of Shakespeare and his contemporaries today.

“Peter Kirwan's account of Cheek by Jowl's ground-breaking work on Shakespeare is as stylish as it is meticulously researched. With rich interview material woven into a consideration of the company's landmark productions, Kirwan's analysis is sensitive to design, rehearsal process and the importance of collaboration to the company's ethos. This book takes the reader on an evocative journey through some of the most exciting European Shakespeare productions of the past quarter-century.” –  Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter, UK,

Dr Peter Kirwan is Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham

Declan Donnellan awarded Special Golden Mask

10th Dec 2018 3:07pm

We are delighted to share the news that our co-Artistic Director Declan Donnellan has just been announced as the laureate of the 'Special Golden Mask Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Theatre' which will be awarded on 27 March 2019 at the Bolshoi by the Golden Mask Festival.

Find out more on the Golden Mask Festival’s website [in Russian].

Лауреатом Специальной Премии «Золотая Маска» зарубежному деятелю театра за выдающийся вклад в развитие театрального искусства становится британский режиссер Деклан ДОННЕЛАН.

Niamh O'Flaherty appointed Executive Director of Cheek by Jowl

4th Dec 2018 11:15am

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Niamh O’Flaherty as Executive Director of Cheek by Jowl. Niamh joins the company in March 2019, from her current position as Senior Producer at Hofesh Shechter Company. She will be taking over from Natalie Highwood who is Interim Executive Director.

Niamh O’Flaherty said today, “From my first personal experience of Cheek by Jowl’s beautiful and innovative Twelfth Night in 2004, I’ve been a huge fan and follower of Declan and Nick’s work. I am greatly looking forward to working with these brilliant artists as well as the board, partners and team of Cheek by Jowl and to meeting their audiences in the UK and around the world.” 

Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod added, “With a proven track record in international touring, Niamh is the perfect addition to the company. Her breadth of knowledge and experience, coupled with her enthusiasm for our work and our audiences, will bring an exciting new dynamic to the company.” 

Richard Philipps, Chair of the Board, also commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Niamh to the company, at a particularly challenging time for international touring work as we operate in the shadow of Brexit. Her experience will prove a perfect foil to Declan and Nick’s leadership, and I look forward to seeing the work they create together.”

Niamh O’Flaherty is currently Senior Producer at Hofesh Shechter Company. During her time with the company she has produced worldwide tours of Hofesh’s new creations including the Olivier Award nominated production, Grand Finale, as well as SHOW performed by the acclaimed junior company, Shechter II. She was also a key producer on the delivery of the large-scale community engagement project, East Wall at the Tower of London, in July 2018 and Associate Producer for Hofesh’s film Clowns, which was broadcast on BBC 2 in September 2018. 

Prior to this she worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and managed the World Shakespeare Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad of London 2012, Before moving to the UK in 2011, she worked at Dublin’s Gate Theatre touring the theatre’s productions to festivals worldwide.

Declan Donnellan receives the Stanislavski International Prize

21st Nov 2018 4:06pm

We are very pleased to announce that our co-Artistic Director Declan Donnellan has been awarded the Stanislavski International Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of World Theatre in Moscow on Monday.

The Stanislavski International Prize was established in 1994 and is awarded by the Stanislavski Foundation to outstanding Russian and International theatre practitioners in honour of the director Konstantin Stanislavski.

‘Stanislavski’s absolute priority was that the stage should flow with life.’
- Declan Donnellan, Introduction to Konstantin Stanislavski’s An Actor’s Work (Routledge, 2008). Read it here.

Nous avons le plaisir d’annoncer que ce Lundi à Moscou, notre co-Directeur Artistique Declan Donnellan a reçu le Prix International Stanislavski pour sa Contribution au Développement du Théâtre Mondial. 

Le Prix International Stanislavski, établi en 1994, est attribué par la Fondation Stanislavski aux artistes dramatiques russes et internationaux, en honneur du metteur en scène Konstantin Stanislavski.

‘La priorité absolue de Stanislavski était que la vie coule de la scène.’
-Declan Donnellan, Introduction de An Actor’s Work de Konstantin Stanislavski (Routledge 2008). Lisez l’introduction en anglais ici.

Wir freuen uns sehr bekanntzugeben, dass am Montag in Moskau unserem künstlerischen Co-Direktor Declan Donnellan der Internationale Stanislavski Preis für Außerordentliche Beiträge zur Entwicklung des Welttheaters verliehen wurde.

Der Internationale Stanislavski Preis wurde im Jahre 1994  ins Leben gerufen und wird von der Stanislavski Stiftung an außerordentliche russische und internationale Theaterleute in Gedenken an Konstantin Stanislavski verliehen.

'Stanislavskis wichtigstes Anliegen war, dass die Bühne voller Leben sei.'
- Declan Donnellan, Vorwort zu: Konstantin Stanislavski’s An Actor’s Work (Routledge, 2008). Auf Englisch hier.

Estamos encantados de anunciar que este Lunes, nuestro Artístico Director Declan Donnellan a sido otorgado el Premio International Stanislavski por Contribution Excepcional a el Desarrollo Del Teatro Mundial en Moscú.

El Premio Internacional Stanislavski fue establecido en 1994 y es otorgado por la Fundación Stanislavski a excepcionales practicantes de teatro Rusos e internacionales en honor al director Konstantin Stanislavski.

‘La prioridad absoluta de Stanislavski era que el escenario fluyera con vida’
- Declan Donnellan, Introducción a Konstantin Stanislavski’ An Actor’s Work (Routledge, 2008). Leerlo en inglés aquí.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle at the Barbican

18th Oct 2018 5:19pm

We are pleased to announce that our new Russian-language production with Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, is coming to our London home, the Barbican, 5-8 June 2019.

Priority booking opens on Friday 19 October 2018 for Friends and Patrons of Cheek by Jowl. Public booking on the Barbican website opens on Friday 26 October.

Find out more about the production here.


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