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The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Francis Beaumont
Text by: Francis Beaumont
Directed by: Declan Donnellan
Designer: Nick Ormerod
Light design: Alexander Sivaev
Composer: Pavel Akimkin
Choreographer: Irina Kashuba
Assistant director: Igor Teplov
Cheek by Jowl reunites with the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre on Francis Beaumont’s subversive and darkly funny play within a play.

The London Merchant begins, a thoughtful drama about dysfunctional families. 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 better and more exciting. What better way to cheer the evening up then with an exotic foreign location and the appearance of a Knight? Luckily, their apprentice Rafe is just the man for the job!

Rafe is duly arrayed as the Knight of the Burning Pestle and his chivalric adventures are played out while the domestic drama of the London Merchant struggles towards its conclusion, chronically interrupted by the grocer and his wife who surprisingly get highly involved with its gritty, unpredictable narrative.

Directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, 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.
Performance presented in Russian, with translation into Romanian and English.

Performance not recommended to audiences under the age of 14.

Date of premiere: 16.01.2019
Original title: The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Special effects: haze and gunshots

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)

      © Johan Persson