Rose Theatre Kingston is co-producing a major new revival of Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos with Tom Burke leading the company as Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa.
Gadi Roll’s production, co-produced with Exeter Northcott and Nuffield Southampton Theatres, forms part of the Rose’s 10th anniversary season alongside Much Ado About Nothing with Mel Giedroyc.
The production opens in Exeter, before touring to Southampton, and then completes its run at the Rose in November 2018.
Don Carlos, son and heir to the tyrannical Philip II, is desperately in love with his stepmother, Elizabeth, to whom he was once betrothed.
To resolve his all-consuming passion, Carlos enlists the help of his closest friend. Enter Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, who dreams of freedom for his people and becomes an unlikely power broker in the King’s duplicitous court.
Written just two years before the French Revolution, Schiller’s Don Carlos engages with themes of justice, equality, freedom of expression and conscience, religious bigotry and state persecution and is as relevant today as ever.
Executive Producer Jerry Gunn said: ““We’re thrilled to welcome Tom Burke and Gadi Roll to Kingston with Schiller’s seminal work Don Carlos.
“2018 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year for the company with Don Carlos joining Much Ado about Nothing with Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice”.
Exeter Northcott Theatre, 11 – 20 October
Nuffield Southampton Theatres, 23 October – 3 November
Rose Theatre Kingston, 6 – 17 November