Secret deals. Threats of mass destruction. Shifting loyalties.
What a difference 800 years makes.
He may be king, but unlike his older brother Richard the Lionheart, John has no stirring nickname, and everyone from the Pope to his own court seems to think his crown is up for grabs. Taking his audience back to the time of the Magna Carta, Shakespeare slyly commented on the politics of his own day. Now director Aaron Posner brings us this toxic brew of ambition and indecision in this rarely staged but timely history.
Running time for King John is approximately two hours, fifteen minutes plus a fifteen minute intermission.
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King John (Brian Dykstra) honors Philip Faulconbridge, the Bastard (Kate Eastwood Norris). Also pictured l to r: Brian Reisman, Elan Zafir, Kate Goehring.
Hubert, King John’s personal attendant (Elan Zafir), stops Constance (Holly Twyford) from physical attack, as her son Arthur (Megan Graves) looks on.
A joyous court of France as Austria (Maboud Ebrahimzadeh) takes hands with young Arthur (Megan Graves), with King Philip (Howard W. Overshown) and Louis the Dauphin (Akeem Davis) showing their support.
Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of the following sponsors.
Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Roger and Robin Millay
Neal T. Turtell
Scott and Liz Vance
John and Connie McGuire
Nancy and Steve Howard
Jeffrey P. Cunard
Keith and Celia Arnaud
Pam McFarland and Brian Hagenbuch
Howard M. Brown
Barbra Eaton and Ed Salners
William and Louisa Newlin
Carolyn and Mark Olshaker
Maryland Public Television
Folger Theatre's production is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.