Featuring the company’s Russian ensemble, Cheek by Jowl’s piercing new production delves into the depths of an unpredictable city to dissect the nature of government, love and justice. A ruler who doesn’t know how to rule, a bureaucrat seduced by his newfound position and a novice nun faced with an appalling dilemma. In this chaotic world, where prisons, convents and brothels are policed by a corrupt regime, only conflict and self-interest prevail. Shakespeare’s brew of laughter and high seriousness asks questions about the relationship between ordinary citizens and those in power. Declan Donnellan draws out their topicality with his taut modern-dress update, matching Russian theatre traditions with swiftly changing scenes played out in vivid abstract settings.