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Bard’s Troilus and Cressida gets reworked 4-week run

PUBLISHED: 21:31 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

Troilus and Cressida at The Barbican until  June 14

Troilus and Cressida at The Barbican until June 14

THE Trojan War is stripped to its raw heart in Will Shakespeare’s satire of glory, chivalry and doomed love, with the Barbican theatre transformed into a modern-day Troy. The Anglo-Russian theatre company Cheek by Jowl performs Troilus and Cressida for a four-week run

By Victoria Huntley

THE Trojan War is stripped to its raw heart in Will Shakespeare's satire of glory, chivalry and doomed love, with the Barbican theatre transformed into a modern-day Troy.

The Anglo-Russian theatre company Cheek by Jowl performs Troilus and Cressida for a four-week run.

The Bard's take on the epic siege, dubbed the defining legend of western literature, is described as terrifying, hilarious, and passionate by turns.

It is Cheek by Jowl's most ambitious and large-scale UK production to date.

After seven years of fighting, the Greeks and the Trojans have reached stalemate. As each side renews its thirst for bloodshed, they discover that heroes and heroines do not only fall in battle.

The cast is a mix of the theatre company's 'ensemble', a group of actors who return to the company for different productions, and new actors who are starting their careers.

Troilus and Cressida's month-long run, part of the Barbican's Bite08 festival, is the only opportunity to see Cheek by Jowl's English language work in Britain this year.

The play was written in 1603, one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works which practically disappeared after his death, only to be rediscovered and reworked by John Dryden in 1898.

Troilus and Cressida is at the Barbican until June 14. Evening performances 7.15pm. Saturday matinees 2.30pm.

Tickets: £25. Box office 0845-1207500, or online:

www.barbican.org.uk


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