To save his life, Pericles must navigate stormy seas, pirates, brothels, incest, shipwrecks, human traffickers and tournaments. But as the fireworks dim, and chaos resolves, loss and love reveal themselves.
Featuring Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl’s French ensemble, last seen here in the explosive Ubu Roi in 2014, Pericles is directed by Declan Donnellan, awarded the Golden Lion of Venice for his lifetime achievement in theatre. In collaboration with Nick Ormerod, they produce their first Shakespeare in French.
2 hours/no interval. Age guidance 16+. Contains scenes of mild violence. Performed in French with English surtitles
Watching this ‘Pericles’ is an adventure, and it leaves you breathless, relieved to be back on solid ground.
There are shades of Casualty as Cheek By Jowl’s briskly ingenious production confines the entire action to a hospital
Declan Donnellan's French version of Shakespeare's lesser-performed romance is fitfully very interesting, but not vintage Cheek by Jowl
Arresting, imaginative and resonant interpretation of a Shakespearean romance