In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of JULIUS CAESAR at the Donmar placed the play in a women’s prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of ‘who owns Shakespeare?’ In the schools workshops around the production, teachers heard one girl speak in public for the first time. It couldn’t end there.
HENRY IV marks the return of Phyllida Lloyd, the reunion of the director with Harriet Walter and the second instalment in what will be a trilogy of works at the Donmar from these major artists.
What makes a king? What makes a father? Shakespeare’s monumental history play travels to the heart of family, duty and country.
This production is generously supported by Miranda Curtis. Education and Outreach generously supported by Kathleen J Yoh.
"On Sunday 25 May The Duchess of Malfi will be broadcast on BBC4 at 8pm. There will be an introduction to the film presented by Andrew Marr.
This is the first time a fully candlelit theatre performance will be broadcast on television and the first time Malfi has been broadcast since the 1970s. Don’t miss it!”
Rehearsal interview with Eve Best - who talks about playing Cleopatra:
"I felt absolutely bowed under this weight of how everybody had a version of who this woman was and is, an expectation of who she is and who she must be, and an expectation that she’s got to be the most this, the most that, you know, and that she’s somehow a type of… this unbelievably hyperbolic description that Enobarbus has of her, this impossible description – actually not even particularly about her, but of everything around her because it’s almost as if she herself is impossible to describe…"