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Cheek by Jowl is the international theatre company of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Performing across the world since 1981, it produces classical and modern works in English, Italian, French and Russian.


Announcing: Life is a Dream/La Vida Es Sueño
16 June 2022
We are excited to announce a brand-new production of Calderón de la Barca’s La Vida es Sueño – Life is a Dream – which will premiere in Seville this October and go on to perform at the Teatro Clásico in Madrid from December.
Cheek by Jowl take on Calderón’s astonishing play from the Spanish Golden Age in its first Spanish-language production, after many years of bringing Cheek by Jowl’s work to Spain and forming connections and collaborations with Spanish performers and practitioners down through the years. 
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Board Changes
7 June 2022
We are very sad to say goodbye to Beth Byrne, Cheek by Jowl’s Executive Director from 2011 to 2015 and Trustee from 2017 to 2022 who has recently decided to step down from her role as a Trustee of the Board.
We are delighted to welcome back Emma Stenning to the Board. Emma was a Cheek by Jowl Trustee before becoming Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Executive Director in Toronto in 2018. She is now back in the UK and working as CEO of Belvoir Castle – and we are very grateful that she has agreed to re-join our Board.
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Even More Not True, But Useful…
1 June 2022
We’ve been releasing a brand new set of bonus podcast episodes in which Declan and Lucie continue their conversations about theatre, directing, acting, and life. With subjects as diverse as the importance of “flow” in a rehearsal room, the relationship between characters and time, and embracing the actor’s predicament of sometimes ‘not feeling things’, you can find Not True, But Useful… wherever you listen to podcasts, and here on our website.
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“Theatre cannot die before the last dream has been dreamt”

Declan Donnellan, The Actor and the Target

“Whatever Cheek by Jowl does next constitutes a major happening”

The Guardian


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