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What the critics had to say about our new production of Shakespeare's rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 21 Mar 2020

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    Screened in Cinemas on 29 Apr 2020

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  • Running time:

    3 hrs (including a 20 mins interval)

Next performance:

10 December, 7:30PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

★★★★Guardian

‘There are endless thrilling fights, spellbinding moments of reflection and devastating outpourings of grief…the production tingles with a tangible sense of spontaneity’

‘Blood and popcorn spill in riches to rags thriller’

‘Eleanor Rhode’s engrossing production’

★★★★The Stage

‘Director Eleanor Rhode’s version is bombastic, stylish and stylised, an impressive visual spectacle’.

‘Rosie Sheehy heads the cast as a charismatic, calculating, and compellingly flawed King John.’

★★★★The review Hub

‘Vibrant, crisp and slick from the onset, the production scoops us up, shakes us around, makes us take a long hard look at humanity and spits us out again.’

‘an explosion of visual splendour…Rhode’s production sets a pace and a style that licks along relentlessly’.

‘In a company of nearly twenty, there is no weak link. As King John, Rosie Sheehy gives a stunning performance, as courageous as it is detailed.’

‘Movement director Tom Jackson Greaves’ set pieces of seductive sixties-style dancing bring joy in abundance, underscored by William Gregory’s incredibly groovy, James-Bond-meets-techno compositions.’

★★★★Eastern Eye

‘A fabulously loud, dazzling production for which the RSC should be saluted.’

★★★★Broadway World

‘Rosie Sheehy plays John with sensitivity, bringing out the insecurity that haunts him’.

‘Eleanor Rhode has set her production in the mid-1960s, with designer Max Johns getting the vibe so right that I half-expected Andy Warhol to turn up dressed as pope’.

★★★★Whatsonstage

‘it looks sumptuous and glories in its chic aesthetic’.

‘it’s never less than terrifically exciting to watch’.

‘Sheehy’s performance is volatile, enervating and thoroughly gripping’.

‘In a cast that has not a single weak link…Michael Abubakar’s strident, bull-headed Bastard, Tom McCall’s achingly tormented would-be murdered Hubert, Katherine Pearce’s carefully comic turn as Cardinal Pandulph and a blistering, heart-wrenching Charlotte Randle as Constance’