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 seem 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. With Kate Eastwood Norris as Philip the Bastard and Holly Twyford as Constance, Arthur’s tragic mother.
The medieval court of King John is transported to our stage through Andrew Cohen's scenic design. Scroll down this page for a sneak peak.
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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.