Cheek by Jowl

A Russian-language production of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”

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We supported the presentation of Cheek by Jowl’s Russian-language production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at Washington D.C’s Kennedy Center in 2018. This was the production’s US premiere, and it went on to perform in New York and Boston, receiving critical acclaim throughout.

Cheek by Jowl is the international theatre company of Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. Since it was founded in 1981, the company has been invited to perform in over 400 cities and 50 countries across the world and currently produces work in English, Italian, French and Russian.


“The production contained such visceral power and emotional truth that there were audible gasps and quite a few tears from the audience. No one should miss this production.” DC Theatre Scene.

“Unsettling poignancy… vivid and uncommonly moving… a strange, ultimately profound beauty.” The New York Times.

“Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod build a whole world out of the human form.” The Washington Post.

“Transfixing, eerily current.” The Boston Globe.

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