King John

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Aaron Posner
October 23 – December 02, 2018
Folger Theatre

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.

The court of King John is transported to our stage through Andrew Cohen's scenic design. Scroll down this page for a sneak peak along with a look at the costume designs by Sarah Cubbage.

Consider joining us for a special performance of King John to enhance your theater-going experience.

Visit Folger Digital Texts to view a detailed synopsis and download a free copy of the full Folger Shakespeare Library edition of King John.

Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of our sponsors. For a full list of sponsors for King John, please visit our Sponsors page.

Who's Who

The Dauphin
John, King of England
Austria, Salisbury
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, Bigot
Arthur, Prince Henry
Blanche of Spain
Philip Faulconbridge, the Bastard
Chatillion, Cardinal Pandulph
Philip, King of France, Melun
Robert Faulconbridge, Citizen, Peter of Pomfret
Lady Faulconbridge, Constance, Pembroke
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Original Music and Sound Design
Resident Dramaturg
New York Casting
Folger Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

Scenic design for King John by Andrew Cohen.

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Costume design for John, King of England by Sarah Cubbage.

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Costume design for Philip Faulconbridge, the Bastard by Sarah Cubbage.

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Costume design for Constance by Sarah Cubbage.

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Costume design for Cardinal Pandulph by Sarah Cubbage.





Folger Theatre gratefully acknowledges the kind support of the following sponsors.

Season Sponsors:

Maygene and Steve Daniels
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Roger and Robin Millay
Neal T. Turtell
Scott and Liz Vance

Production Sponsors:

John and Connie McGuire
Nicky Cymrot
Nancy and Steve Howard 


Contributing Sponsor:

Jeffrey P. Cunard 
Keith and Celia Arnaud

Associate Sponsors:

Pam McFarland and Brian Hagenbuch
Howard M. Brown
Barbra Eaton and Ed Salners
Rick Kasten
Julianna Mahley
William and Louisa Newlin
Carolyn and Mark Olshaker

Media Sponsor:

​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.