King John at the Rose Theatre, Kingston


London theatre news: Monday 9 May 2016


London Fringe - Opening - Shakespeare

Following the sell-out success of The Wars of the Roses last year, director Trevor Nunn returns to the Rose Theatre to direct Shakespeare's political saga of scheming and deceit - starts Saturday 14 May, continues to Sunday 5 June 2016.

King John at the Rose Theatre Kingston

Image: Rose Theatre Kingston


You probably already know that 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.


So, there are lots of events coming-up this year celebrating the occasion.


This production at the Rose Theatre, Kingston also marks the anniversary, but it also marks another significant event - this will be the penultimate play in director Trevor Nunn’s undertaking to direct all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays.


The play follows the sell-out success of The Wars of the Roses last year at the same venue.


Synopsis


Richard the Lionheart is dead.


His youngest brother John has become King of England despite claims from the French that the throne should go to his nephew, Prince Arthur.


As war is declared between England and France an inheritance dispute is brought before the King by Richard’s illegitimate son, 'the Bastard'.


With its political allegiances and ruthless scheming, this is a rare opportunity to see some of Shakespeare’s most fascinating characters live on stage, including the wildly outspoken and corrosive Philip the Bastard and King John, England’s weakest and vilest King, ‘a walking disaster of a ruler’ as described by contemporary chroniclers.


Venue


Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street

Kingston

KT1 1HL


Dates


Friday 13 May to Sunday 5 June


Tickets


£35, £30, £25, £15, £8


Access


Signed performance: Sat 21 May, 2.30pm


Rose Theatre, Kingston, photographed from the street in front of the building.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015


Links


King John on Wikipedia

Rose Theatre Kingston

Our listing for King John

ActDrop Shakespeare 400 page


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