King John

Alex Waldmann and Siobhan Redmond as King John and Queen Elinor in King John.  Photo by Keith Pattison.

The Life and Death of King John is a history play, based on the life of the king who reigned from 1199–1216.

King John is believed to have been written in the 1590s, but is one of Shakespeare's least performed plays.

The play deals in politics, power struggles, inheritance and illigitimacy, exploring John's fitness to rule and charting his losing battle to retain the crown.

Full synopsis
Read the story of King John in full.

Maria Aberg 2012 production
View photos and watch interviews and the trailer for this colourful production, which played in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Photo: Alex Waldmann and Siobhan Redmond as King John and Queen Elinor in Maria Aberg's 2012 production. Photo by Keith Pattison.

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