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Cheek by Jowl

Cheek by Jowl theatre company was established in 1981 by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. The company's manifesto is to re-examine classical texts, avoiding directorial and design concepts, and to focus on the actor's art. Cheek by Jowl has been Artistic Associate at the Barbican Centre, London since 2006.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £244,261
  • 2013-2014: £249,879
  • 2014-2015: £256,376

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Measure for Measure 2014 trailer

"Russia today anatomised in Declan Donnellan's new show, an immaculate production - trenchant, compelling, and stunning - the entire company are breathtaking." (Vash Dosug) Cheek by Jowl returns with its new production of Measure for Measure - hailed in Moscow as "a shattering portrait of contemporary Russia" (Novaya Gazeta). With his unique brew of laughter and high seriousness, Shakespeare dissects the nature of government, love, and justice - asking unsettling questions about how we are governed, exploring the "complex relationships between those in power, and ordinary citizens" (Kristina Matvienko). A corrupt government policing a chaotic city's convents, prisons and brothels... Cheek by Jowl's Measure for Measure, through "a series of swiftly changing spectacular scenes" (Teatral) explodes as "a real thriller, piercing the heart of the entire audience" (Mir 24). In the words of Nezavisimaya Gazeta: "From every point of view this production is a total success". Produced by Cheek by Jowl and the Pushkin Theatre, Moscow in a co-production with the Barbican, London; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Centro Dramático Nacional, Madrid (INAEM). Upcoming tour locations include Moscow, Paris, and London. For more information including tour dates and press reviews visit http://www.cheekbyjowl.com/measure_for_measure.php.

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Cheek By Jowl

Artistic Directors, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, talking about their work. 2013

Ubu Roi e-trailer

UBU ROI by Alfred Jarry Directed by Declan Donnellan Designed by Nick Ormerod Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London, Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale and La Comédie de Béthune - Centre Dramatique National du Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Visit www.cheekbyjowl.com/ubu_roi.php for tour dates, reviews, photographs, and information about the team behind the production. Music © Davy Sladek | myspace.com/davysladek

Audience Responses - 'Tis Pity She's A Whore

Audience members at Bristol Old Vic share their impressions of Cheek by Jowl's 'darkly funny, superbly visceral and poignant' (The Sunday Times) production of the Jacobean tragedy.

'Tis Pity She's A Whore Trailer

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod present their 'blazing, daring vision' (Le Figaro) of this Jacobean tragedy. As shocking and controversial today as it was four hundred years ago, incest, religion and corrupt morality collide in this 'sexy, stylish' production (The Times) 'acted with power, passion and edge' (Les Echos).

The Tempest - Chekhov International Theatre Festival - Cheek by Jowl

Moscow's Chekhov International Festival returns with a forceful new production of The Tempest. Cheek by Jowl's Russian sister company brings to life this disturbing masque of power, control and illusion. Shakespeare juggles magic, laughter, danger and love with all the flair and freedom of his maturity.

Cheek by Jowl - Macbeth - Etrailer

'One of the greatest events of the international theatre season' El Pais Macbeth is the great tragedy of the imagination. A man and a woman, bound together in ambition are destroyed in a welter of blood. Cheek by Jowl's ensemble conjures Shakespeare's world of witchcraft, ghosts and apparitions in an hallucinatory experience of sound and shadow. Directed by Declan Donnellan Designed by Nick Ormerod www.cheekbyjowl.com

Declan Donnellan discusses Macbeth

Cheek by Jowl's new English language production, Macbeth, goes into rehearsal in August - Declan Donnellan discusses the play here.

Cheek by Jowl - Andromaque - Etrailer

The Trojan War ended in a blaze of shame, a massacre of horrific proportions. Now the children of Troy's Greek conquerors face the impossible task of living up to their immortalised parents. Hector's widow, Andromaque, lives only to save her son. When the Greeks demand his surrender, she is given an appalling dilemma. Racine exposes our capacity for self deception with lacerating clarity.

Troilus and Cressida Etrailer

The Trojan War, the defining legend of western literature, is stripped to its raw heart in Shakespeare's scathing satire on glory, chivalry and doomed love. After seven years of fighting, the Greeks and the Trojans have reached a stalemate. As each side renews its thirst for bloodshed, they discover that heroes and heroines do not only fall in battle.

Boris Godunov Etrailer

"Tremendous and stirring, a splendid, bursting, mighty themed epic"

ARTE Documentary on Cheek by Jowl's Cymbeline PART2

A documentary by ZADIG productions made for French TV station ARTE. The documentary features interviews with Declan Donnellan, Nic A documentary by ZADIG productions made for French TV station ARTE. The documentary features interviews with Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod and members of the Cymbeline cast including Gwendoline Christie, Ryan Ellsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Jodie McNee

ARTE Documentary on Cheek by Jowl's Cymbeline PART1

A documentary by ZADIG productions made for French TV station ARTE. The documentary features interviews with Declan Donnellan, Nic A documentary by ZADIG productions made for French TV station ARTE. The documentary features interviews with Declan Donnellan, Nick Ormerod and members of the Cymbeline cast including Gwendoline Christie, Ryan Ellsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Jodie McNee

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