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Cheek by Jowl is the international theatre company of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Founded in 1981, it produces and performs theatre in multiple languages around the world.


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Vincent de Bouard. Photograph: Johan Persson.

Ubu Roi streaming as part of Via Fest in Bulgaria
23 May 2023
To coincide with the presentation of Life is a Dream at the World Theatre in Sofia programme, Via Fest are presenting a recording of our production of Ubu Roi. 
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Life is a Dream at the 2023 Edinburgh International Festival
24 April 2023
We’re excited to return to this year’s Edinburgh International Festival with Life is a Dream, Cheek by Jowl’s first performances at the festival since 2016.
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Life is a Dream – performed at the Barbican in April 2023
16 March 2023
Our Spanish-language production of Life is a Dream performed at our London home, the Barbican, in April 2023. Don’t miss your chance to see Cheek by Jowl’s “original, daring and transgressive” production of Calderon’s classic in Budapest, Almada and Barcelona.
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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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