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.
Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl brings its Russian company to the Barbican for the fifth time in a performance hailed by the Moscow press as breathtaking.
Performed in Russian with English surtitles.
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