About the showDavid Threlfall stars as Don Quixote in the return of Angus Jackson’s acclaimed 2016 RSC production. Transferring to the West End’s Garrick Theatre, the riotous production plays a strictly limited season at the London venue. Adapted for the stage by poet James Fenton, the comedy is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ iconic novel.
Don Quixote is the hilarious tale of the titular character and his trusty companion, Sancho Panza. Set in a world of rogues, merchants, shepherds and galley-slaves, Don Quixote has read many books about chivalry. Quickly, he decides that it’s his duty to defend the helpless and fight the wicked.
Armed with a lance and sword, he sets out on a madcap adventure, accompanied by his ill-suited squire. As Don quickly loses his grip on reality, and it becomes clear that Sancho is perhaps not the most able companion, chaos and hilarity ensue, as the pair embark on a rampant, joyous and absurd journey!
Award-winning actor David Threlfall reprises the title role, which initially marked his first return to the Royal Shakespeare Company since the 1980 production of Nicholas Nickleby. Best-known for his television roles, Threlfall has appeared in Channel 4’s Shameless, Black Sea and What Remains, as well as the BBC/Netflix’s Troy: Fall of a City.
Rufus Hound reprises his role as Sancho Panza, after most recently appearing on stage in Chichester Festival Theatre’s Present Laughter. Hound has extensive theatre credits to his name, including Wind in the Willows, One Man Two Guvnors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Further casting includes Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer and Eleanor Wyld.
Angus Jackson directs the production, with RSC credits under his name including Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. The production features design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Fergus O’Hare, movement by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Malcolm Ransom, with original compositions by Grant Olding.
A hilarious, profound and lyrical journey into the story of the unlikely pair, the classic tale is a guaranteed entertaining night out. Don Quixote plays a strictly limited season at London’s Garrick Theatre, running from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019, with a press night on 8 November 2018.
Who Should See It?Fans of Rufus Hound and David Threlfall should visit this production to witness their unmistakable comedic chemistry, whilst fans of farce and comedy will be thoroughly entertained!
Don Quixote is recommended 8+.