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King John

Please note: this production has now closed. A co-production between Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal & Derngate Northampton

By William Shakespeare

1 – 27 June

£5 standing
£17 - £43 seats

Running time: 
approx. 3 hours including interval


Directed by
James Dacre

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom  

Composed by
Orlando Gough  

Choreography by
Scott Ambler 


Laurence Belcher

Simon Coates 
King Philip 

Aruhan Galieva
Blanche of Castile 

Joseph Marcell
Cardinal Pandulph 

Barbara Marten
Eleanor of Aquitaine

Mark Meadows

Tanya Moodie

Ciaran Owens
Louis the Dauphin

Daniel Rabin

Jo Stone-Fewings
King John 

Giles Terera

Alex Waldmann
The Bastard  

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Please note: this production has now closed.

Mad world! mad kings! mad composition!

Richard the Lionheart is dead. His less than heroic brother, John, is determined to keep his grasp on the English throne, in spite of the stronger claims of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Increasingly threatened by Arthur’s supporters at home and in France, John finds the answer to his woes: he will blind the boy with hot irons.

The remotest in time of all Shakespeare’s English history plays, King John, with its cynical allegiances and ruthless politicking, now feels his most abrasively modern.

This is a first for the Globe and a rare opportunity to see some vividly memorable characters brought to life on the stage – especially the wildly outspoken Faulconbridge, ‘the Bastard’, one of Shakespeare’s most thrillingly caustic and sardonic political commentators.


'A must see production'
The Stage

'This is not just a great production but a major theatrical event. Don’t miss.'
Daily Express

'A memorable production'
Evening Standard 

'James Dacre’s revival could hardly be more timely'
The Telegraph 


'Fine, zesty staging of Shakespeare’s more rarely performed history play...studded with strong performances'
Financial Times

‘Jo Stone-Fewings is tremendously entertaining with his sardonic take on the scheming monarch, while Alex Waldmann’s charismatic The Bastard works the audience nicely’
Time Out 

'Terrifically evocative... Great showmanship... Striking'
Daily Mail 

'James Dacre’s production... marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, doesn’t stint either on a stirring, spectacular sense of history… Stone-Fewings’ slippery John is ripely enjoyable and there are gutsy performances from Barbara Marten and Tanya Moodie as Eleanor and Constance'
The Times  

'As pageant and spectacle it’s stunning'
The Observer

The Guardian



Related Events

Please note: tickets for all related events are sold separately to tickets for performances. 

Setting the Scene

Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors

Tuesday 23 June 

Talking Theatre

Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives

Wednesday 24 June 

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