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King John at Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal & Derngate Theatres

(c) Bronwen Sharp

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 the Royal & Derngate, 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.

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


King John at Temple Church:
10th – 19th April
Tickets: £50. Click here for more information.

King John at Holy Sepulchre Church in Northampton
Fri 24 Apr – Sat 16 May
Tickets: £10-28
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King John at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre:
1 – 27th June
Tickets: £5 standing. £16 – £43 seats.
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Related Events

Setting the Scene:
Tuesday 9th June, Tuesday 23rd June.
Pre-show introductions by Globe scholars, illustrated by Globe actors

Talking Theatre:
Wednesday 10th June, Wednesday 24th June.
Post-show Q&A sessions with actors and creatives

Study Day:
Saturday 6 June.
Leading scholars and theatre artists offer historical, practical, and theoretical contexts to King John

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