(Dominic Cavendish’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 4/23.)

As AA Milne so memorably put it, “King John was not a good man”. In Maria Aberg’s radical, flashy and defiantly feminising interpretation of Shakespeare’s under-loved history play, John – louche, insouciant and febrile in Alex Waldmann’s hypnotic, proto-Hamlety turn – remains a very poor male role model.


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