Marking the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carta, Royal & Derngate is staging Shakespeare’s King John at Northampton’s Holy Sepulchre Church, in a co-production with Shakespeare’s Globe.
The 12th century church, in Sheep Lane, is said to have often been visited by King John and his court. Partly set in Northampton, Shakespeare’s early history play charts one king’s struggle to retain the crown against claims that he is not the rightful heir.
This ambitious new production will see a large company of actors and musicians transport the church back in time to a world of politics, power struggles, unlikely alliances and inheritance battles.
Written during a time of great political uncertainty, King John will explore, in this election year, whether the power struggles of the ruling class have changed.
The cast is led by RSC associate artist Jo Stone-Fewings in the title role, 2014 Evening Standard Award nominee Tanya Moodie, rising Shakespearean star Alex Waldmann and stage and TV veteran Joseph Marcell.
Directed by James Dacre, the play can be seen in its historic Northampton setting from April 24 before moving to Temple Church in the heart of London, Salisbury Cathedral and a run at Shakepeare’s Globe in June.
Jo Stone-Fewings RSC credits include The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew.
Moodie, who played opposite Lenny Henry in Fences, plays Constance. Her television credits include Sherlock: Reichenbach Fall and Skins.
Other theatre credits include As You Like It, Twelfth Night and Hamlet.
The remaining cast are Laurence Belcher, Simon Coates, Aruhan Galieva, Barbara Marten, Mark Meadows, Ciaran Owens, Daniel Rabin and Giles Terera.
King John opens today at Temple Church and runs until April 19. April 24-May 16, Holy Sepulchre Church, Northampton May 27-30, Salisbury Cathedral June 1-27, Shakespeare’s Globe