King John played by Jo Stone-Fewings
King John (2015)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Jo Stone-Fewings trained at Hereford College of Arts.
Theatre includes: Richard III (Trafalgar Studios); Big Meal (Ustinov Studio Bath); The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The City Madam and King John (RSC); The Way of the World (Chichester); Shadow of a Boy (National Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic); The 39 Steps (Criterion); The Country Wife (Haymarket); Crazyblackmuthafuckinself (Royal Court); See How They Run (Duchess) and The Misanthrope (Young Vic). Jo is an Associate Artist for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Film includes: Nine Lives, Wondrous Oblivion, Object 2 and American Friends.
Television includes: The Hollow Crown (Series 2), Our Story, New Tricks, Talk to Me, Doctor Who, Doctors, Best of Both Worlds, All the King’s Men, Misfits, Mine All Mine, Midsomer Murders, Young Arthur and Medics.
Radio includes: King Hearts, An Inspector Calls, The Family Project and Radio Book of the Week: Voyage of the Beagle.
Jo makes his Globe debut in the title role in King John.
“We knew that this would be an unusual set of performances because we’d be taking it on tour to churches and cathedrals, before we came to the Globe. This was going to be a very different journey.”
In part one of the interview, Jo talks through the rehearsal process, combining another play into the text, and the language of the piece.
“One thing I decided early on about John is that he subverts the idea of royalty, of being a King. And I wanted to do that as an actor, to subvert the idea of me playing a Shakespeare king and throw the audience. There’s a lot of bathos in this play, there’s a build-up and then suddenly John kicks the table from underneath your legs – and the action certainly does that.”
In part two of his interview Jo talks about the audience reactions and significant scenes.