A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION
THE TRIAL OF UBU
By SIMON STEPHENS
Directed by KATIE MITCHELL
Running time: Approx 90 mins with no interval.
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).