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King John

King JohnLeslie Black Photography

Part of A Play, a Pie and a Pint's Sol Summer Season

John, the tyrant king, finds himself besieged on all sides - war with France and growing unrest at home in England, which he rules as if it were a possession.  One of Shakespeare's most rarely performed plays, King John is also one of his most political, an incisive and brilliant study of an autocrat entirely removed from his own people.

The critical consensus

At 50 minutes, it's a lot to cram in, and the production, while retaining the meat of the play, comes across as rushed and confusing at times...and the drama overall never catches fire beyond surface level.

***(*)(*)Alan Chadwick, The Herald, 27/06/2012

There’s no denying that Howard’s attempt to stage this huge hstory in 50 minutes is a tad over-ambitious; there’s a cast of sixteen characters, played by seven actors in a series of dizzy doublings and hauntings.

***(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, 28/06/2012

Where and when?

A Play, a Pie and a Pint, Glasgow from Monday June 25, 2012, until Saturday June 30, 2012. More info:

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