Please note: this production has now closed. A co-production between Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal & Derngate Northampton
By William Shakespeare
1 – 27 June
£17 - £43 seats
approx. 3 hours including interval
Blanche of Castile
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Louis the Dauphin
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'
'This is not just a great production but a major theatrical event. Don’t miss.'
'A memorable production'
'James Dacre’s revival could hardly be more timely'
'Fine, zesty staging of Shakespeare’s more rarely performed history play...studded with strong performances'
‘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’
'Terrifically evocative... Great showmanship... Striking'
'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'
'As pageant and spectacle it’s stunning'
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
Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives
Wednesday 24 June