Enjoy Shakespeare's rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil streamed online exclusively for Patrons.

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Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen and even his own family, King John will stop at nothing to keep hold of his crown.

Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production by Director Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC.

Watch from Home

Filmed in the Swan Theatre in November 2019, we are delighted to be able to give our Patrons an exclusive opportunity to view this production at home. There are two performance times to choose from, meaning that you will be enjoying the performance at the same time as many other Patrons. 

You can book your ticket below. Please make sure that you are logged into your RSC account before trying to book your ticket. Please note that you only need one ticket per household but all of the members of your household can watch it with you! The performance will be on YouTube, and we will send out the link and password to watch it nearer the time. You can also listen to the Director Talk for the show, below and read the programme.

Performance times:

  • Tuesday 9 June, 7.30pm
  • Monday 15 June, 1.30pm

Please be aware that ticket sales will close 2 hours before each performance

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King John programme

Read the official (PDF) programme for the show, including:

  • War Without Love - Professor Stephen Church discusses King John, the Plantagenets and the battle for power
  • Family tree tracing the links between the royal powerhouses of England, France and Spain
  • Playing Favourites - psychologist Eirini Flouri takes a modern look at the family dynamics in King John and what effects a complex mother-son relationship might have on John
  • How do you stage a fight? Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown discuss their methods

Read the programme

Miranda Curtis - Season Supporter, Swan Theatre Winter 2019

King John is supported by RSC Production Circle member Marcia Whitaker

The RSC Acting Companies are generously supported by The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Kovner Foundation