Cheek by Jowl/ Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre, Russia/UK
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Duration: 1h 40min
Performed in Russian with PL/ENG surtitles
Cheek by Jowl reunites with the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre on Francis Beaumont’s subversive and darkly funny play within a play. The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a breath-taking comedy, hilarious and terrifying in its relevance to a post-expert world where everyone can be famous and anyone can write the story.
Beaumont’s subversive meta-drama burst onto the stage in 1607, at a critical moment when theatre was threatened by a popular movement increasingly hostile to art and culture. A disturbing comedy centuries ahead of its time, it subtly asks questions all the more relevant today: what is art for? Who is art for?
The Knight of the Burning Pestle was first performed between 1607 – 1611 at Blackfriars Theatre in London. While this was a solo effort, its author Francis Beaumont is most commonly remembered as being one half of the writing duo Beaumont & Fletcher. The two were contemporaries of William Shakespeare, and some of their major collaborative work was performed by Shakespeare’s London company the King’s Men. The Knight of the Burning Pestle however, was written by Beaumont alone.
Produced by Cheek by Jowl and Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre in a co-production with the Barbican, London; Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale; Centro Dramático Nacional, Madrid (INAEM).
By: Francis Beaumont
CREATIVES Director Declan Donnellan Designer Nick Ormerod Lighting design Alexander Sivaev Composer Pavel Akimkin Choreograph Irina Kashuba Assistant director Igor Teplov
TECHNICAL Technical director Alexander Solomin Production manager Anna Koshkina Light Feliks Kuvaev Sound Konstantin Suvorov Video design Dmitry Martynov Video Alexey Eremin Props Liubov Fedkovich Wardrobe Elena Semenova Makeup Marina Lekontceva Stage manager Olga Spiridonova Stage hand Ivan Vakulin
FOR THE PUSHKIN THEATRE Artistic Director Evgeny Pisarev FOR CHEEK BY JOWL Executive Director Niamh O’Flaherty General Manager & PA to the Directors Teya Lanzon Consultant Producer Anna Kolesnikova
Production photography Johan Persson
Grocer | Alexander Feklistov Grocer’s wife | Agrippina Steklova Rafe | Nazar Safonov Venturewell | Sergei Miller Luce | Anna Vardevanian Jasper | Kirill Chernyshenko Humphrey | Andrei Kuzichev Mr Merrythought | Alexei Rakhmanov Mrs Merrythought | Anna Karmakova Michael | Danila Kazakov Tim| Kirill Sbitnev