A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION

THE TRIAL OF UBU

By SIMON STEPHENS
Directed by KATIE MITCHELL

Running time: Approx 90 mins with no interval.

Main Stage

18 Jan - 25 Feb 2012

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

January 2010. The International Criminal Tribunal sitting in The Hague. Day 436. The dictator Ubu, the grotesque andamoral megalomaniac from Jarry’s 1896 play Ubu Roi, is before a UN constituted International Tribunal charged with Crimes against Humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

Is this the justice of the victors? Is this the best way to deal with the perpetrators of unspeakable crime? Wherein lies the legitimacy of an internationally convened Tribunal?

The Trial of Ubu is a savage comedy that interrogates the assumptions of a Court as it struggles to deal with defendants who are not only opposed to the morality of law, but exist in a different moral dimension altogether.

Simon Stephens’ virtuosic satire examines the often absurd legal wrangling of the international justice system. His previous plays include Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange), Wastwater (Royal Court), Harper Regan (National Theatre) and the Olivier Award winning Best New Play On the Shore of the Wide World (National Theatre/Royal Exchange).

Katie Mitchell returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell out run of small hours. Mitchell reunites with Stephens after their critically acclaimed Wastwater at the Royal Court. Her recent work includes After Dido (ENO/Young Vic), Pains of Youth, …some trace of her, Waves, Three Sisters and The Seagull (National Theatre).

Artistic team

WRITER

SIMON STEPHENS

Director

KATIE MITCHELL

Designer

LIZZIE CLACHAN

LIGHTING 

LUCY CARTER

composer

PAUL CLARK

SOUND

TOM HACKLEY

MOVEMENT

JOSEPH ALFORD

 

CAST

NIKKI AMUKA-BIRD
JOSIE DAXTER
KATE DUCHÊNE
PAUL MCCLEARY
ROB OSTLERE
GEORGE TAYLOR

 

 

 

Video and Image Gallery

KATE DUCHÊNE PHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKY KATE DUCHÊNEPHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKY
PUPPETS PHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKY PUPPETSPHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKY
PAUL MCCLEARY PHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKEY PAUL MCCLEARY PHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKEY
NIKKI AMUKA-BIRD PHOTO BY STEPHENS CUMMISKEY NIKKI AMUKA-BIRDPHOTO BY STEPHENS CUMMISKEY
PAUL MCCLEARY PHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKEY PAUL MCCLEARYPHOTO BY STEPHEN CUMMISKEY