Cheek by Jowl have announced UK tour dates for their production of Shakespeare’s Périclès, Prince de Tyr. Performed in French, with English surtitles, the production will run at the Barbican, where the company is an Associate, from 6 to 21 April 2018 and will then visit Oxford Playhouse from 24 to 28 April.
The company have also announced a major new revival of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle which will be performed by an all-Russian company. The co-production with Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre will tour internationally in 2019 – including a first-time run for the play in Russia. UK dates have yet to be confirmed.
Périclès, Prince de Tyr is one of Shakespeare’s strangest and most heart-rending plays. Pericles, shipwrecked on the Mediterranean 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 … the embers dim and glow in one of the greatest and most moving scenes Shakespeare ever wrote, Pericles recognition of his long-lost daughter Marina.
Directed by Cheek by Jow’s Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the cast for Prince de Tyr are Christophe Grégoire, Camille Cayol, Xavier Boiffier, Cécile Leterme, Valentine Catzéflis, Guillaume Pottier and Martin Nikonoff. Prior to London, the production plays Paris and Creteil in France.