Following an acclaimed opening at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Angus Jackson’s riotous 2016 production of Don Quixote transfers to the West End. Playing a strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre, the production sees the return of David Threlfall and Rufus Hound as the iconic duo, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Adapted for the stage by journalist, literary critic and poet James Fenton, the production is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ original novel of the same name, which follows the adventurous title character as he embarks on his own quest of chivalry after reading countless books. Armed with a lance and a sword, he decides to become a wandering knight, rescuing the helpless and defeating the evil.
Unfortunately, Don Quixote is tremendously unprepared, and quickly loses his grip on reality. Accompanied by his loyal, but equally unprepared, companion Sancho Panza, the two set out on a hilarious, haphazard adventure in this farcical adaptation of a famous novel.
Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the production is once again directed by Angus Jackson, whose credits span numerous productions with the RSC. A hugely funny, lyrical and energetic take on a classic novel, Don Quixote plays at London’s Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season, running from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.
Cast and Creative
Don Quixote is adapted for the stage from Miguel de Cervantes’ original novel by poet James Fenton. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Nica Burns, the production is directed by Angus Jackson (Coriolanus, Julius Caesar) and features original songs by Grant Olding. The production also features design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Fergus O’Hare, with movement by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Malcolm Ransom.
David Threlfall and Rufus Hound return to reprise their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, respectively. Threlfall is best-known for his television roles in Channel 4’s Shameless, What Remains and Troy: Fall of a City, whilst Hound’s recent stage work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wind in the Willows and Present Laughter.
Show Lengths and Times
Don Quixote plays at the Garrick Theatre London from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019, with a press night on 8 November 2018. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm.
Show running time is 2 hours 45 minutes, including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
Don Quixote is recommended for those aged 8 and up.
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