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Périclès, Prince de Tyr

Périclès, Prince de Tyr

Written by William Shakespeare and George Wilkins
Performed in French

Pericles is one of Shakespeare’s strangest and most heart rending plays. Périclès navigates a stormy sea of pirates, magicians, brothels, kidnappers, tournaments, plots against his life… and divine intervention from the Goddess Diana. Incest, treachery, murder, love, joy all explode in this giant theatrical firework. Yet this remarkable play has resonance far beyond the time when it was written: today’s Mediterranean is no stranger to appalling and desperate voyages.

It is a fable of a man who becomes estranged from those he loves, who slowly and miraculously becomes re-united with them, more through fate than by his efforts. It is about the mystery of love, loss and of love rediscovered after a painful and confusing absence. The embers dim and glow in one of the greatest and most moving scenes Shakespeare ever wrote.

The first performance of Périclès, Prince de Tyr was at Les Gémeaux, Sceaux, France on 8th March 2018.

“A magnificent reworking. A bolt from the blue.”


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

Cast and creative team


Xavier BoiffierAntiochus / Léonin / Bout / Lysimaque
Christophe GrégoirePériclès / Cléon / Le Maître
Valentine CatzéflisAntiochus’s Daughter / Marina
Cécile LetermeDoctor / Simonide / Cérimon / Diane
Camille CayolDionysa / Thaïsa / La Maquerelle
Guillaume PottierFisherman / Knight / Gentleman
Martin NikonoffFisherman / Knight / Gentleman

Creative Team

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Lighting DesignerPascal Noël
Sound DesignerKenan Trevien
Costume SupervisorAngie Burns
Vocal CoachValérie Bezançon
Assistant DirectorMarcus Roche
Associate DirectorMichelangelo Marchese
Technical DirectorAndré Neri
LightingVincent Gabriel
SoundKenan Trevien
WardrobeMarina Aguilar
Assistant Stage ManagerLucile Quinton
Consultant ProducerLes 2 Bureaux / Prima Donna
Company ManagerSharlit Deyzac
Rehearsal & Production PhotographyPatrick Baldwin
Previous performances

Previous Performances

11–12 June 2018Naples, Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Italy
30 May–3 June 2018Madrid, Centro Dramático Nacional, Spain
15–19 May 2018Lille, Théâtre du Nord, France
3–4 May 2018Perpignan, Théâtre de l’Archipel, France
24–28 April 2018Oxford, Oxford Playhouse, UK
6–21 April 2018London, Barbican, UK
28–30 March 2018Créteil, Maison des Arts de Créteil, France
7–25 March 2018Sceaux, Les Gémeaux, Paris, France


“A brilliant, limpid production”

Les Echos

“This enthralling epic… A distilled, breathtaking, humorous adventure.”


“Completely heartbreaking”

Time Out

“A flickering fever dream”

What’s on Stage

“Epic and intimate”

The Stage

“If anyone can make sense of Pericles, it’s Cheek by Jowl”

The Telegraph

“Infinitely touching”

The Independent

“A magnificent reworking. A bolt from the blue.”

Production photo
Valentine Catzéflis, Christophe Grégoire and Camille Cayol. Photograph: Patrick Baldwin.
Production photo
Christophe Grégoire. Photograph: Patrick Baldwin.

“A flickering fever dream”

What’s on Stage

This is the rarest dream that e’er dull’d sleep did mock sad fools withal.

Yet cease your ire, you angry stars of heaven!
Wind, rain, and thunder, remember, earthly man
Is but a substance that must yield to you…

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