Category: Music & Theatre Dates: Wednesday, 10 April 2013 to Saturday, 20 April 2013 The controversial absurdist satire Ubu Roi is to be staged at the Barbican from April 10th to 20th 2013 by the acclaimed theatre company Cheek by Jowl. Penned by Alfred Jarry and first performed in 1886, the play's scathing views on authority and use of strong language caused it to be immediately banned following its debut, but in the years since it has become known as a hugely influential work. It tells the story of King Ubu, a petulant and aggressive dictator who seizes control of a number of European nations at the behest of his shrewish, scheming wife, only for his new empire to be threatened by a military force. The show's uncompromising, biting humour and parallels with works such as Shakespeare's Macbeth make this French-language play a unique theatrical experience for luxury London hotel guests. Book a Bloomsbury Weekends deal at The Montague on the Gardens Hotel when travelling to see the play and enjoy a number of special perks, including a complimentary English breakfast for two, a bottle of Champagne on arrival and a free copy of Bea Tollman's book A Life in Food.