Cheek by Jowl reunite with Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre following Measure for Measure in 2015.
The London Merchant, a drama about dysfunctional families, begins. Suddenly, from the audience, a grocer and his wife clamber onto the stage, explaining to the astonished actors that while they quite like the play, it could be a bit better – more exciting. Exotic locations, singing and dancing, and the appearance of a Knight are just what is needed to cheer the evening up. And, luckily, their apprentice Rafe is the man for the job.
Bursting onto the scene at a critical moment when the existence of theatre was threatened by a popular movement increasingly hostile to art and culture, Francis Beaumont’s subversive comedy written in 1607 subtly raises questions that are still relevant today. Director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod collaborate with Moscow’s eminent Russian theatre company on this outrageous farce.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle is performed in Russian with English surtitles.