The Two Noble Kinsmen

John Fletcher

William Shakespeare

Friendship turns to rivalry in this study of the intoxication and strangeness of love

A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets Fight Club in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s rarely performed tragicomedy.

Two best friends, knights at arms, are captured in battle and imprisoned. From their window they see a beautiful woman and both fall instantly in love with her, turning from intimate friendship to jealous rivalry in the space of a minute. One is released and goes AWOL in the woods of Athens, searching for a way to be near his beloved. When the jailer’s daughter frees the other, and follows him into the forest herself, the stage is set for absurd adventures and painful confusions in this study of the intoxication and strangeness of love.

Attributed to Fletcher and Shakespeare, The Two Noble Kinsmen is based on Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale.

Director Blanche McIntyre (As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe 2015) teams up with Anna Fleischle (Olivier Award winner for best set design, Hangmen 2015) to bring an intoxicating world to the Swan Theatre stage, where chauvinist men are confronted by resilient women and love is a prize in a deadly game.