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 seem 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. With Kate Eastwood Norris as Philip the Bastard and Holly Twyford as Constance, Arthur’s tragic mother.