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.

Measure for Measure in the US

24th May 2018 11:49am

We're pleased to announce that our Russian-language production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure will be heading to Washington D.C, New York City, and Boston this October. 

Measure for Measure will perform at

Périclès, Prince de Tyr to be screened on 19 April

17th Jan 2018 3:08pm

Following the successful screenings of The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure and Ubu Roi, Cheek by Jowl will screen Périclès, Prince de Tyr live from the Barbican Centre on 19 April 2018 at 7.30pm. The production will open at the Barbican on 9 April, with previews from 6 April, and runs until 21 April ahead of performances at the Oxford Playhouse from 24 – 28 April.

This will be the third Shakespeare live stream from the company and the second in French-language (subtitled in English), and will be available from the Cheek by Jowl website. The production will also be streamed via Facebook Live on the Cheek by Jowl Facebook page.

UK dates announced for Périclès, Prince de Tyr

2nd Nov 2017 6:08pm

Artistic Directors of Cheek by Jowl, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod announce UK tour dates for their production of Shakespeare’s Périclès, Prince de Tyr. Performed in French, with English surtitles, the production will open at the Barbican, where the company is an Associate, on 9 April, with previews from the 6 April, running until 21 April. Following the London dates, the productions runs at Oxford Playhouse from 24 – 28 April.

Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production the Barbican, London; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Théâtre du Nord, CDN Lille-Tourcoing-Hauts de France
With support from Jeune Theatre National-France
With thanks to the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater

The production is performed in French with UK subtitles

Major new revival announced: The Knight of the Burning Pestle performed in Russian

2nd Nov 2017 5:55pm

Artistic Directors of Cheek by Jowl, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod announce a major new revival of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle which will be performed by an all-Russian company. The production tours internationally in 2019 – including a first time run for the play in Russia.


By Francis Beaumont

Director: Declan Donnellan; Designer: Nick Ormerod  

Cast includes: Alexander Feklistov, Anya Khalilulina, Andrei Kuzichev and Igor Teplov

The play starts … But then the plays stops!
A grocer and his wife in the audience invade the stage.
Just another boring trendy play ... Probably anti-grocer too....
What do they want? A return to good old entertainment values with dragons, kidnapped princesses and exotic locations - Excitement and glamour… And so the pair remain on stage to 'help' the actors improve their storyline.
Beaumont's hilarious satire roars into life again, ever more timely as the 21st century continues to unfold.. 

Produced by Cheek by Jowl and the Pushkin Theatre, Moscow


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