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.
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