2012: Maria Aberg production
Maria Aberg's vibrant King John played in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from April to September 2012.
The World Shakespeare Festival production was also part of the Nations at War trilogy, which included Roxana Silbert's Richard III and A Soldier in Every Son: The Rise of the Aztecs.
Aberg positioned the title role played by Alex Waldmann as the monarch who likes a party, with the pivotal role of The Bastard played as a woman, Pippa Nixon. Cardinal Pandulph, was also given the feminine treatment, played in a sharp trouser suit by Paola Dionisotti.
The set, designed by Naomi Dawson, was filled with balloons, streamers and party dresses.
Listen to the audio introduction to Maria Aberg's King John or read the notes.
Photo: Alex Waldmann in the title role of Maria Aberg's 2012 King John. Photo by Keith Pattison.