Pre-performance talk with Declan Donnellan
22 December 2012
Declan Donnellan founded Cheek by Jowl with Nick Ormerod in 1981. Since then the company has performed across six continents.
Recent performances seen in Europe include: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida and The Changeling.
In 1999 Valery Schadrin, under the auspices of the Russian Theatre Foundation, invited Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod to form a company of actors in Moscow, whose current productions include Boris Godunov, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and The Tempest, all of which continue to perform across the globe.
Following performances of As You Like It and Le Cid at the Bouffes du Nord, Peter Brook invited Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod to form a company of French actors to stage Andromaque. This company is currently preparing Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry.
In 1989 he was made Associate Director of the Royal National Theatre in London where his productions have included Fuenteovejuna, Sweeney Todd, The Mandate and both parts of Angels in America.
At the St Petersburg Maly Drama Theatre he has staged The Winter's Tale.
Opera: Falstaff with Claudio Abbado for Salzburg.
Film: Bel Ami with Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman
Ballet: Romeo and Juliet for the Bolshoi.
He has received awards in Moscow, Paris, New York and London and is President of the Russian Theatre Confederation Foundation.
In 2008 he was jointly-awarded the Charlemagne Prize with Craig Ventner and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
His book, The Actor and the Target, originally published in Russian, has since appeared in fifteen languages, including English and French.
creditsChaired by Savas Patsalidis, theater critic and Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki