The Knight of the Burning Pestle


The London Merchant, a drama about dysfunctional families begins. But 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.
The Knight of the Burning Pestle

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 5 June 2019
Closes: Saturday 8 June 2019
Running time:1 hr 40 mins (no interval)
Age suitability: 16+

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Background


Note: performed in Russian with English surtitles

Synopsis


Cheek by Jowl reunite with the Russian ensemble 'so electrifyingly intense they make your hair stand on end' (The Times) for the first time since Measure for Measure in this outrageous comedy.


The London Merchant, a drama about dysfunctional families begins.


But 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 the things 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 of 1607 subtly asks questions that are relevant still.


Director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod collaborate with Moscow's eminent Pushkin Theatre once more on this play within a play.


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Postal address:
Barbican Centre
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London EC2Y 8DS

Box office tel: 020 7638 8891

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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 5 June 2019

Closes:Saturday 8 June 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm

Friday ‑ 7‑45pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm


Matinee:
Saturday - 2-30pm

Tickets


Standard:
£25 - £45

Concessions:

Students

Students are entitled to half-price tickets in advance for Wednesday evening. Proof of eligibility required on collection.


Schools

£12 per ticket.


Access

Visitors with access requirements who have joined our Access Membership scheme may be eligible for reductions on tickets.


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Creatives


Author: Francis Beaumont
Director: Declan Donnellan
Designer: Nick Ormerod
Production: Cheek by Jowl/Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre

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