An Exeter Northcott, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Rose Theatre Kingston co-production in association with Ara

Don Carlos

Thu 11 - Sat 20 October 2018

Wed Green Matinee: 2pm*
Sat Matinee 2.30pm

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 sound-scapes to Schiller’s masterpiece.

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.

‘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.’

Photo of Tom Burke: Michael Wharley



Alexander Allin

Duke of Feria

Dan Ball


Tom Burke

Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa

Guy Dennys

Don Louis Mercardo

Alexandra Dowling

Princess of Eboli

Darrell D'Silva

Philip II, King of Spain

Kelly Gough

Elizabeth of Valois

Vinta Morgan

Duke of Alba

Jason Morell

Domingo, the King's confessor

Euan Shanahan


Samuel Valentine

Don Carlos

Stephen Ventura

Count Lerma

Flip Webster

Duchess of Olivarez

Creative Team


Friedrich Schiller


Robert David MacDonald


Gadi Roll


Rosanna Vize

Lighting Designer

Jonathan Samuels

Sound Designer

Gadi Roll

Event Info


Previews: £15 (Thu 11, Fri 12, Sat 13 & Mon 15 October 7.30pm)
Tue – Wed Eves & Sat Matinee: A £30.50 B £28 C £25.50 D £23
Wed Green Matinee: £22*
Thu, Fri & Sat Evenings: A £32.50 B £30 C £27.50 D £25
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £10 for groups 10+ (a limited number of tickets are available in bands B-D Mon & Tue 7.30pm and Wed 2pm only)
Student Standby: £5
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Members multibuy discount available

BSL & Audio Described Performance: Sat 20 Oct 2.30pm, with Touch Tour at 1pm

* Support the environment and use Public Transport to attend this discounted midweek matinee show.



Running Time

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