King Ubu (3 stars)


This article is from 2009.

Runaground theatre adapts Alfred Jarry’s absurdist masterpiece, setting the scene for the rise and fall of their greedy protagonist against the inspired backdrop of a vaudeville theatre. A talented ensemble cast shamelessly over-plays it, capturing with style and pace the more comically ribald elements of Jarry’s work, in this playfully robust take on power and its outrageous (mis)fortunes.

The Zoo, 662 6892, until 31 Aug (not 17, 24), 10.20pm, £8–£9 (£6.50–£7.50).

This article is from 2009.

King Ubu

  • 3 stars

Alfred Jarry’s absurdist masterpiece in a brand new, brilliantly transformed adaptation from the critically acclaimed UCLU Runaground. A haphazard usurpation retold as a coup d’état at a Vaudeville Music Hall. Described by the author as ‘a flaming mud pile of shit’. King Ubu tells the story of the ambitious but…


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