RSC’s ‘Don Quixote’ to transfer to London’s Garrick Theatre from 27 October 2018

Photo by Helen Maybanks © RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company has today announced that RSC Associate Director Angus Jackson‘s critically acclaimed production of Don Quixote, which originally premiered at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in spring 2016, will now transfer to the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End for a strictly limited 14-week season from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.

David Threlfall and Rufus Hound will return to reprise their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Don Quixote is adapted by poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton from the iconic novel by Miguel de Cervantes.

Photo by Helen Maybanks © RSC

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote decides to embark on a quest of his own. Taking up a lance and sword, he sets out to become a wandering knight, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, he travels across Spain accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited squire, Sancho Panza.

A labyrinthine world of rogues, merchants, shepherds, galley-slaves and windmills combine to confront the pair with a world of rampant, absurd adventures in this brilliantly energised adaptation of the comic epic.

Photo by Helen Maybanks © RSC

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran said: 

“We are delighted that Angus Jackson’s joyful production of Don Quixote is going to be shared with West End audiences this autumn, following my production of Imperium playing at the Gielgud Theatre and our regular winter season of Shakespeare plays at the Barbican.  Don Quixote’s journey with his faithful sidekick is one of the world’s most famous stories, and James Fenton’s glorious adaptation brings Cervantes’ novel wonderfully to life.  First staged in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death, David Threlfall will reprise his mesmerising performance in the title role, with Rufus Hound once again playing his long-suffering companion Sancho Panza. London audiences will get the chance to see them recreate their chemistry on stage and I encourage everyone to discover this hilarious, profound and lyrical adaptation of a classic tale.”

Photo by Helen Maybanks © RSC

Don Quixote is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with music composed by Grant Olding, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O’Hare. The fight director is Malcolm Ranson. Movement is by Lucy Cullingford.

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