David Threlfall & Rufus Hound in West End RSC Don Quixote transfer

Don Quixote RSC

The RSC’s joyous, music-filled Don Quixote, starring David Threlfall and Rufus Hound, transfers to the West End for a run at the Garrick Theatre this October.

Threlfall reprises his role as Don Quixote with Hound as his trusty servant, Sancho Panza, in James Fenton’s triumphant adaptation of Cervantes’ classic novel (read Stage Review’s ★★★★★ HERE).


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote originally premiered at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016.

The award-winning poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton has adapted Miguel de Cervantes’ iconic novel which tells the famous, farcical story of a self-fashioned travelling knight accompanied by his faithful squire.

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.

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.

“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 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.”

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.

David Threlfall is best known for his leading role as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s Shameless.

His other recent TV work includes Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, Black Sea, Housewife 49, What Remains and most recently he appeared in the BBC/Netflix series Troy: Fall of a City.

His original appearance in the show in Stratford marked a long-awaited return to the RSC for Threlfall, whose last performance there was in his award-winning role of Smike in the iconic adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby in 1980.

Rufus Hound’s recent work includes the Rose Theatre Kingston’s War of the Roses cycle, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (NT/West End), Wind in the Willows (London Palladium Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Curve Leicester), Present Laughter (Chichester) and the upcoming new musical Dusty (UK tour).

The production is once again directed by RSC associate director, Angus Jackson, who previously worked on the critically acclaimed production, Oppenheimer, which transferred to the West End in 2015 after a sell-out run at the Swan Theatre.

Don Quixote runs at the Garrick Theatre from October 27 – February 2. Buy Don Quixote theatre tickets from one of our recommended theatre ticket websites.

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