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Don Quixote

Adapted by James Fenton from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes

With songs by James Fenton and Grant Olding

Our joyous, music-filled production of Don Quixote played in Stratford-upon-Avon then returned for a short run at the Garrick Theatre, London.

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, one eccentric old man heads off on a rumbustious quest to become a wandering knight, accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited servant, Sancho Panza.

Taking up a lance and sword, Don Quixote sets out on a hilarious journey across medieval Spain, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, with each calamitous adventure the two hapless heroes experience, the romantic ideal of Quixote’s books seems further away than ever.

Following its sell-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Cervantes' death, our joyous production of the legendary comic novel went to the Garrick Theatre in London to be told by a company of 20 actors accompanied by a band of live musicians.

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London 2018/19 Cast

Will Bliss - Travelling Barber
Raphael Bushay - Sowgelder
Farrell Cox - Acrobat/Emerencia
John Cummins - Innkeeper/Lion Keeper
Richard Dempsey - Duke
Ruth Everett - Duchess
Gabriel Fleary - Biscayan
Rufus Hound - Sancho Panza
Richard Leeming - Boy
Nicholas Lumley - Priest/Devil
Natasha Magigi - Teresa Panza
Tom McCall - Rosinante
Joshua McCord - Samson Carrasco
Bathsheba Piepe - Altisidora
Rosa Robson - Niece
Timothy Speyer - Barber
David Threlfall - Don Quixote
Eleanor Wyld - Marcela


Director Angus Jackson | Designer Robert Innes Hopkins | Composer Grant Olding | Lighting Designer Mark Henderson | Sound Designer Fergus O'Hare | Comedy Director Cal McCrystal | Movement Director Lucy Cullingford | Puppetry Designer and Director Toby Olié | Fight Director Malcolm Ranson | Musical Director Tarek Merchant