One-Click Russian Populism in Putinesque The Knight of the Burning Pestle


A review of the 2019 Cheek by Jowl and Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre/Barbican co-production of The Knight of the Burning Pestle, at the Barbican.

Author Biography

Kevin A. Quarmby, The College of St. Scholastica

Assistant Professor of English at The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN

Editor of Scene: Reviews of Early Modern Drama


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