Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

Cheek by Jowl

’Tis Pity She’s a Whore

by John Ford

‘Scintillating production... exceptional actors... this superb show grasps its pity and provocation’ ***** Sunday Times

Thou hast told a tale whose every word,
Threatens eternal slaughter to the soul.

Incest, religion and corrupt morality collide in the tale of a brother and sister, locked in a relationship that defies taboos and that sparks a passionate descent into hell. Even after nearly 400 years, few plays are as controversial as this dark and violent Jacobean tragedy, and few are as intense.

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s internationally acclaimed production updates the action to a contemporary setting which, despite our progressive attitudes to sex and social boundaries, emphasises the play’s ability to shock audiences of any era.

Thrillingly paced as it hurtles to its climax, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore is classic theatre with a startlingly modern outlook – typical of the gripping theatrical style which characterises Cheek by Jowl’s work.

Thu 8 & Fri 9 May, 7.30pm
Sat 10 May, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
£10, £15, £18.50, £22.50