Cheek by Jowl has announce UK tour dates for its production of Shakespeare’s Périclès, Prince de Tyr.
Performed in French, with English surtitles, the production will open at the Barbican, where the company is an associate, in April.
The play runs at Oxford Playhouse following the London dates.
There is also a major new revival of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle which will be performed by an all-Russian company.
The production tours internationally in 2019 – including a first time run for the play in Russia.
Périclès, Prince de Tyr is one of Shakespeare’s strangest and most heart rending plays.
Pericles, shipwrecked in 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.
The cast is: Christophe Grégoire, Camille Cayol, Xavier Boiffier, Cécile Leterme, Valentine Catzéflis, Guillaume Pottier, Martin Nikonoff.
Declan Donnellan joint founder of Cheek by Jowl with Nick Ormerod, directs both Périclès and The Knight of the Burning Pestle.
Périclès, Prince de Tyr plays at London Barbican from April 6-21 and Oxford Playhouse, April 24-28 before touring to France and Spain.
The Knights of the Burning Pestle, written by Francis Beaumont, is a hilarious satire that is more timely as the 21st century continues to unfold..
The play starts … But then the plays stops. A grocer and his wife in the audience invade the stage. Just another boring trendy play … Probably anti-grocer too….
What do they want? A return to good old entertainment values with dragons, kidnapped princesses and exotic locations – Excitement and glamour…
And so the pair remain on stage to ‘help’ the actors improve their storyline.
The cast includes Alexander Feklistov, Anya Khalilulina, Andrei Kuzichev and Igor Teplov.