Don Quixote

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 comedy direction by Cal McCrystal, movement by Lucy Cullingford, puppetry design and direction by Toby Olie 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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6 comments

  1. The book was written in about 1605 to 1615 ie well into the Renaissance and much later than Medieval Spain. The whole point is that Don Quixote is a Renaissance man who reads too much the old tales of chivalry and becomes obsessed by them and starts to see his contemporary world in terms of the ‘glorious old days’ of the Middle Ages and thus makes endless mistakes. He travels about in Renaissance, not Medieval Spain. Like Gullivers’ Travels the Don Quixote story is an allegory; in this case of the ruined economy and upheaval of the social life of Spain because of some one hundred years of Spaniards abandoning their normal jobs and lives to go and “get rich quick” on the gold and silver from South America which had produced a destructive inflation and abandonment of traditional work. He wants to get back to a previous world but no-one can understand what he’s talking about.

    If my memory of the literary appraisal of Don Quixote is correct (as above) then it is particularly relevant to see this play at the outset of 2019 as we stumble through our own politicians’ confusion, obscurantism and ignorance in the failed negotiations on Brexit, with a similar Quixotic aspiration to achieve the impossible and potentially shoot ourselves in the foot as well.”

    Theresa May is our own Don Quixote, a do-gooder following her impossible dream
    Boris Johnson is a super Sancho Panza solely motivated by self-interest
    Jacob Rees-Mogg is a lean-faced and worn-out, ineffective nag, Rocinante
    David Davis would make a super snapping dog if Cervantes had kept the ‘racy greyhound’ in the novel beyond the introduction but Cervantes retired the dog after that brief mention, somewhat in the manner of Davis’ own resignation.

    I think the current dramatisation of the novel could attract more attendees if it were advertised as an earlier version of the current Brexit confusion. It is very relevant to our own time period.

  2. I was woefully unprepared for this show. I laughed, guffawed, dribbled and basically embarrassed myself, an absolute gem! The cast were amazing, the set was fantastic- this show will be hard to beat.

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