‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore 2014

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A blazing, daring vision – a masterful eveningLe Figaro

Following the success of its 2011/12 performances across Paris, Sydney, New York, London and Madrid, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore will return to the UK and internationally next spring.

 

I have too long suppressed my hidden flames, / That almost have consum’d me

 

This vivid and violent Jacobean tragedy shows a brother and sister’s passionate descent into hell. Incest, religion and corrupt morality collide in this ‘sexy, stylish production’ (The Times), making this play as shocking and controversial today as it was almost four hundred years ago.

one of the finest and most bitterly outrageous Jacobean productions you could hope to see… totally compellingWhats on stage

Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London,
Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale and Sydney Festival

Venue City Country Date No. of Performances
Mercury Theatre Colchester UK 19/02/14 3
National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center Taipei Taiwan 28/02/14 4
Silk Street Theatre, Barbican London UK 09/04/14 16
International Shakespeare Festival Craiova Romania 04/05/14 1
Brighton Festival Brighton UK 08/05/14 3
Cambridge Arts Theatre Cambridge UK 13/05/14 6
Oxford Playhouse Oxford UK 20/05/14 6
Nuffield Theatre Southampton UK 27/05/14 6
Theatre Royal Bath UK 03/06/14 6
Theatre Bellevue, Holland Festival Amsterdam Netherlands 15/06/14 2
Koninkijke Schouwburg The Hague Netherlands 18/06/14 2

Audience reactions to ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore at the Brighton Festival 2014.

Emil Boroghina, President of Shakespeare Festival 2014 after Cheek by Jowl’s performance of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore in Craiova, Romania.

Cheek by Jowl Artistic Director Declan Donnellan after the performance of ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore in Craiova, Romania.

Cast
Will AlexanderVasques
David CollingsFlorio
Ryan EllsworthDonado
Ruth EverettHippolita
Jimmy FairhurstGratiano
Orlando JamesGiovanni
Sam McArdleGrimaldi
Peter MoretonCardinal/Doctor
Eve PonsonbyAnnabella
Nicola SandersonPutana
Maximilien SewerynSoranzo
Raphael SowoleFriar

Creatives
DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Associate and Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
Composer and Sound DesignerNick Powell
Casting DirectorSiobhan Bracke
Voice CoachEmma Woodvine
Fight DirectorBret Yount
Costume SupervisorAngie Burns
Technical Stage ManagerRobin Smith
Company ManagerTim Speechley
Deputy Stage ManagerClare Loxley
LightingDavid Salter
SoundMorgan Rogers
Wardrobe ManagerVictoria Youngson
Assistant Stage ManagerAngela Garrick
Music SupervisorPeter Moreton
Assistant DirectorParis Erotokritou
Production PhotographyManuel Harlan
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UK

4 stars
Britain's Cheek by Jowl condense John Ford's still-potent Jacobean play into two hours of sensual, fluid and sometimes blackly comic drama.

Declan Donnellan's production blends the codified gestures of Elizabethan theatre with choreographed movement sequences (developed by Jane Gibson), painterly tableaux and 21st-century Tarantino-toned viciousness.

The Sunday Times

France


Up-to-the-minute design, a blazing, daring vision - a masterful evening.

Tragic, violent, scandalous, the play is a masterpiece. An absolute must-see.

a stunning ensemble guided by Declan Donnellan's masterful hand.

the company grabs hold of the play with a vivid intensity.

Spain


As on previous occasions, the cast of Cheek by Jowl are capable of rigorously respecting the text, adapting it to modern dress and situations, thereby making more poignant the validity and humanity of the emotions it narrates. In this case it plays with the myriad of unbridled passions whereby the splendid actors move, amuse and sadden the audience, crossing the stage with boundless energy, in control of every last detail, in a subtle and precise theatrical choreography, with an impressive physical presence, manipulating difficult texts with immense confidence and displaying musical skills and even circus tricks. Overwhelming.

El Mundo

Australia

4 stars
Britain's Cheek by Jowl condense John Ford's still-potent Jacobean play into two hours of sensual, fluid and sometimes blackly comic drama.

Declan Donnellan's production blends the codified gestures of Elizabethan theatre with choreographed movement sequences (developed by Jane Gibson), painterly tableaux and 21st-century Tarantino-toned viciousness.

Sydney Morning Herald

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