An Exeter Northcott, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Rose Theatre Kingston co-production in association with ARA
by Friedrich Schiller
Translated by Robert David MacDonald
Director Gadi Roll
Designer Rosanna Vize
A magnificent tale of passion and power set against the chilling backdrop of the bloody and ruthless Spanish Inquisition.
Don Carlos is torn apart when his tyrannical father King Philip II seals a peace deal by marrying French noble Elizabeth de Valois, the love of Carlos’ life. The heartbroken heir turns for help to his closest friend, Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, a champion of the oppressed, who questions the monarch’s iron rule and becomes an unlikely power broker in the duplicitous court.
Written just two years before the French Revolution, Schiller’s Don Carlos is a man caught at the intersection of passion and politics: smitten by his stepmother and seduced by Posa’s dangerous vision of freedom. The chilling work is full of Shakespearean echoes and its themes of justice and equality; freedom of expression and conscience; religious bigotry and state persecution are as relevant today as ever.
Director Gadi Roll brings his trademark dynamic imagery and haunting soundscapes to Schiller’s masterpiece.
‘This is a play for our times. It mercilessly and sensationally depicts an extreme world of state power and corruption, but at its heart are some of the greatest heroes ever written.’
GADI ROLL, DIRECTOR
This major new revival stars Tom Burke (Strike, War and Peace and The Musketeers) as the Marquis of Posa, and forms part of Exeter Northcott Theatre’s 50th anniversary season.
Workshops are available for GCSE and A Level students – see details/download flyer here
DON CARLOS will tour to the following venues in Autumn 2018:
Exeter Northcott Theatre Thu 11 – Sat 20 October 2018
Nuffield Southampton Theatre Tue 23 October – Sat 3 November 2018
Rose Theatre Kingston Tue 6 – Sat 17 November 2018