Theatre Event

Newman University presents

Ubu Roi

by Alfred Jarry

28 - 29 Apr in the Studio @ 2pm & 7:30pm

Anticipated running time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
Please note this is an estimated running time and may be subject to change

This production contains strong language and violent scenes.

In this 400th anniversary year of the death of Shakespeare we present the story of a king’s trusted consort persuaded by his wife to commit regicide. Sound familiar? 120 years ago Alfred Jarry’s 'Ubu Roi' kicked open the door to Dada, Surrealism and the Theatre of the Absurd and its influence can be felt in everybody from Artaud and Beckett; Milligan and the Pythons; Reeves and Mortimer and the Mighty Boosh.

Jarry’s mould-breaking play encompasses playground nonsense, farcical and scatological comedy, Symbolist stylisation, sophisticated word play and the violence of the Guignol. W. B Yeats, after witnessing the first performance, famously wrote "After Stéphane Mallarmé, after Paul Verlaine, after Gustave Moreau, after Puvis de Chavannes, after our own verse, after all our subtle colour and nervous rhythm, after the faint mixed tints of Conder, what more is possible? After us the Savage God”. Ubu would doubtless have replied "Merdre!".

That original audience were prompted to riot, we politely request that you don’t.

Presented here in a new translation by the director.

Tickets: £8 (Concessions: £5.00)

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