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King John

by William Shakespeare

He is a virtuoso politician with an uncontrollable passion for the crown – a hero and villain. The play is powered by the politics of war and a fierce battle for the sovereignty with the future of England at stake.

“It’s surprising what a spare, lucid revival can accomplish – Rutter’s production grips”
The Times

“Beautifully done, with a thrilling simplicity”
Daily Mail

“A bold, exhilarating, percussive production…Northern Broadsides makes an overwhelming case for (the plays) theatrical restoration.”
The Guardian

“The novel approach to simulating the atmosphere of battle on stage – polyrhythmic percussive duels – create both the noise and some of the exhilaration of actual combat”
Financial Times

“Rutter’s corps speak Shakespeare with vigorous Northern voices and their rough punch makes sense – their wars are translated into storming rounds of tribal drumming.”
The Independent on Sunday

“The staging has clarity, colour and pace. The protagonists are arranged as if making up an animated chess board. The sounds of battle are at once thrilling and brutal. This production has been worth doing and it has been done exceedingly well.”
The Stage

touring with The Merry Wives, Spring 2001

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