Kings of War
Drama

Barbican

Kings of War

22 Apr 2016 - 01 May 2016

£16.00 - £50.00

Pro reviewers rating
8 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

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Three rulers in times of crisis, each faced with the life-or-death choice of whether to go to war. Their decision-making is laid bare, exposing the conflict between national concerns and self-interest.

Shakespeare's Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III became modern-day political leaders, all their fates unfolding in this single, radical adaptation. Pulling us behind the scenes into abyrinthine war rooms, this explosive play strikes a chord with global events we see on the news everyday. 

Ages 12+ 

Performed in Dutch with English surtitles 

Reviews are from the Amsterdam Stadsschowburg

Barbican [Off West End]

“A whole new procession of living, breathing monarchs in a vision that's light years away from bad heritage Shakespeare. ”

David Nice (Arts Desk)

“Stark pageant of deaths and coronations... Textured and full of life... Live action and video are intercut to superb effect. ”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“A smart, compelling collision of conceptual intelligence and Shakespearean realpolitik. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Intelligent, epic... Van Hove’s take on Richard III feels genuinely audacious thanks to Kesting’s juggernaut of a performance. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Henry VI is a triumph of editing.. plots a lean, clear path through the knotty tangle... Smits.. memorably weak and indecisive. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Brutally brilliant compression of Shakespeare... Presents us with a chilly, hi-tech theatre of war. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Absolute take-you-by-the-withered-arm clarity... A wonderful study of power ... A fluorescently lit scything of the plays. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“The most satisfying section is Richard III... an astonishing central performance by Kesting... a quietly psychotic killer. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

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