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Ubu Roi (King Ubu) archiveAlfred Jarry's absurd and funny political satire Ubu Roi created a storm when it first appeared in Paris in 1896, striking a blow for artistic freedom with its outrageous burlesque. Set in fictional Poland, the utterly unlikable Ma and Pa Ubu violently take over the kingdom, become dictators and unleash a reign of mayhem on society. Ubu Roi uses scatological humour, farce and irreverence. Although the lewd parody loosely blends elements of 'Richard III' and 'Macbeth', Jarry's characters are blatantly stupid, cowardly, cruel, greedy, gluttonous and grotesque. Seen by some as an overgrown schoolboy joke that unfolds like a gory cartoon, Jarry's work actually inspired theatre of the absurd and Dario Fo as well as influencing the dada and surrealist movements in art.


Author: Alfred Jarry

Archive listings for Ubu Roi (King Ubu)

Work type: Play.


Company The Watermill Young Company. Director Seamus Allen.
9 Nov 16 to 12 Nov 16The Watermill Theatre, Newbury :: V733
listing details L01389499607


In French with English surtitles. Running time: approx. 1hr 50mins with no interval.Producer Cheek by Jowl. Producer Barbican London. Producer Les Gemeaux / Soeaux / Scene Nationale. Producer Comedie De Bethune. Producer Centre Dramatique National Nord / Pas-De-Calais.
11 Jun 14 to 14 Jun 14Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
listing details L0771854317


Performed in French with English surtitles.Company Cheek by Jowl (with Barbican London / Les Gemeaux / Sceaux / Scene Nationale et Comedie de Bethune Centre Dramatique National Nord / Pas-de-Calais). Director Declan Donnellan. Design Nick Ormerod. Sound Davy Sladek. Music Davy Sladek. Lighting Pascal Noel. Costume Angie Burns. Performer Xavier Boiffier. Performer Camille Cayol. Performer Vincent de Bouard. Performer Christophe Gregoire. Performer Cecile Leterme. Performer Sylvain Levitte.
10 Apr 13 to 20 Apr 13Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L342081161
5 Feb 13 to 9 Feb 13Oxford Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L965801076
30 Jan 13 to 2 Feb 13Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L0767764717


Company Artisans Drama Society. Translation Cyril Connolly. Translation Simon Watson-Taylor.
1 Apr 09 to 4 Apr 09Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood :: V1024
listing details L0104902850


Producer Royal and Derngate Youth Theatre.
12 Jul 08 to 14 Jul 08Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
listing details L0356344518


Company Anglia Ruskin University Department of Music and Performing Arts. Company Anglia Contemporary Theatre (ACT).
10 Jan 08 to 11 Jan 08Mumford Theatre, Cambridge :: V22
listing details L2031804999


Company Cause for Applause.
29 Mar 06 to 30 Mar 06Arc Theatre, Trowbridge :: V881281219
listing details L1935082942


Physical theatre from a young, international, all-female cast accompanied by Albi Gravener on Jazz Saxophone.Company Admiration Theatre Company. Director Jon Hewitt. Lighting Ace McCarron. Music Albi Gravener. Performer Kyla Davis. Performer Daniella Casilda. Performer Sylvia St John. Performer Anita Clements. Performer Katherine Bennet-Fox. Performer Lisa Lee Thomas. Performer Sylvie Gallant. Performer Suhayla Pezeshk.
13 Jul 04 to 1 Aug 04Courtyard Theatre, Inner London :: V184
listing details L0893246001


A bright open playing space, an empty judo mat and an assortment of actors, costumes, wigs, props and a DJ, assemble to create a fresh, vital energised 'play'. Large, grotesque and base characters mix verbal and physical comic dexterity with a galaxy of animated sound and video projected effects to create the theatrical mayhem of the fantastical world which is Ubu.Company Torch Youth Theatre. Director Tessa French.
20 Feb 03 to 21 Feb 03Torch Theatre, Milford Haven :: V820
listing details L01285806293


Company Fecund Theatre. Adapted by John Keates.
17 Jun 99 to 19 Jun 99Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth :: V772
listing details L0733721773

Other listings

24 Mar 22The Blake Theatre, Monmouth :: V01814889188
listing details L1980065522


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