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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

Written by William Shakespeare
Performed in English

The Trojan War, the defining legend of western literature, is stripped to its raw heart in Shakespeare’s scathing satire on glory, chivalry and doomed love. 

After seven years of fighting, the Greeks and the Trojans have reached a stalemate. As each side seeks a new thirst for bloodshed, they also discover that heroes and heroines do not only fall on the field of battle. 

Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with barbicanbite08; Les Gémeaux / Sceaux / Scène Nationale; Koninklijke Schouwburg, The Hague.

“Remarkably fresh, arresting and controversial…stunningly staged”

The Independent
Cast and creative team


Anthony Mark BarrowAgammemnon
Paul BrennenAchilles/Priam
Lucy Briggs-OwenCressida/Andromache
Richard CantThersites/Calchas
David CavesHector
Oliver ColemanParis
David CollingsPandarus
Gabriel FlearyAlexander/Helenus
Mark HolgateDiomedes
Damian KearneyNestor
Ryan KiggellUlysses
Tom McClaneAeneas
Marianne OldhamHelen/Cassandra
David OnonokponoPatroclus
Laurence SpellmanAjax
Alex WaldmannTroilus

Creative Team

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Associate and Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
MusicCatherine Jayes
Sound DesignerGregory Clarke
Assistant DirectorOwen Horsley
Company Voice WorkPatsy Rodenburg
Fight DirectorPaul Benzing
Casting DirectorSiobhan Bracke
Technical DirectorSimon Bourne
Costume SupervisorAngie Burns
Technical Stage ManagerDougie Wilson
Company Stage ManagerRichard Llewellyn
Deputy Stage ManagerClare Loxley
Assistant Stage ManagerRhiannon Harper
Wardrobe ManagerDavid Stringer
LightingKristina Hjelm
SoundHelen Atkinson
Previous performances

Previous Performances

17–26 July 2008Madrid, Teatro Español, Spain
22–14 May 2008 London, Barbican, UK
6–10 May 2008 Lyon, Théâtre de Lyon, Célestins, France
1 May 2008 Bucharest, National Theatre, Romania
28–29 April 2008 The Hague, De Koninklijke Schouwburg, Netherlands
9–12 April 2008 The Hague, De Koninklijke Schouwburg, Netherlands
1–5 April 2008 Reims, Comedie, France
12–30 March 2008 Sceaux, Les Gémeaux, Paris, France


“A remarkably fresh, arresting and sometimes controversial vision.”

Paul Taylor, The Independent

“It’s the kind of work, that needs thoughtful handling – and that’s what Cheek By Jowl excels at.”

Andrew Dickenson, The Guardian

“Admirably clear and coherent…A production that maps out the play with bold assurance and demolishes the myth that heroic individualism can ever triumph over pointless bloodshed.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Vigorous, precise, playful, they are fascinating, lively, mobile, intoxicatingly intelligent, as Donnellan demands.”

Armelle Héliot, Le Figaro
Production photo
Photograph: Keith Pattison
Production photo
Photograph: Keith Pattison
Photograph: Keith Pattison

“Dazzling and vital – a staggering production”

Le Figaro

Everything includes itself in power

Act I, Scene iii

I’ll haunt thee like a wicked conscience still

Act V, Scene x

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