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.


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.


Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street




Friday 13 May to Sunday 5 June


£35, £30, £25, £15, £8


Signed performance: Sat 21 May, 2.30pm

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

Photo: Peter Brown 2015


King John on Wikipedia

Rose Theatre Kingston

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