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Ubu The King

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About the Show Less...

The potty-mouthed Mum and Dad Ubu plot to steal the crown of Khazakstan. Read More >

Ubu The KingMum and Dad Ubu are evil megalomaniacs, and, as evil megalomaniacs tend to do, they enjoy nothing more than plotting their rise to power. In particular, they are striving to bring down the King of Khazakstan and take his crown. Like an aging, potty-mouthed Macbeth, Ubu reminds us that lust, greed, betrayal and back-stabbing aren’t just for the young.

Jarry devised the characters of Ubu Roi while only 14. Ubu The King was Jarry’s first, and arguably most influential play, and scandalised Paris when it was first performed, leading to a riot. Jarry is now considered a founding father of Theatre of the Absurd.

Two of Scotland’s most innovative and well-respected theatre companies, Dundee Rep and Tron theatre, have collaborated on this production, which is directed by Dominic Hill.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 30/11/2005

Closing Night: 10/12/2005

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Cast & Creative


Gerry Mulgrew


Director - Dominic Hill

Producer - Dundee Rep, Tron Theatre, BITE:05, Barbican and the Young Vic as part of Young Genius

Author - Alfred Jarry, in a new version by David Grieg

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