The 23rd Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

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August
21:00
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).


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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

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