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Join friends and neighbors
June 15-July 3
for a performance of
King John
Shakespeare on the Sound’s 26th outdoor Shakespeare production in Pinkney Park

King John (who you may have heard of from the Robin Hood tales!), one of Shakespeare's most brilliant plays that you never knew he wrote, will transport audiences back to England in the early 1200s, where England and France battle with words and swords for dominance in medieval Europe. In this time of danger and excitement, audiences will have to decide who to stand with, England or France, and question how far are you willing to go when your life and ideals are threatened? Will you risk it all to stand for what's right? 

A stand-alone history play, King John is full of intrigue, battles, deception, powerful females,

a French/British rivalry, and plenty of blood.

Poster design by Kristin Mulligan

Photo by Mark Cartwright

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The events in King John take place in the 13th century, well before Shakespeare’s other English history plays. After the death of John's brother, Richard I, John rules England.

John's young nephew, Arthur, has a claim to the throne and is supported by the French. At first, a proposed marriage between the French crown prince and John's niece, Blanche, calms Anglo-French tensions. Then the pope, in a dispute over recognizing an archbishop, excommunicates John and backs Arthur's claim.

After war erupts, John captures Arthur and orders his death. Arthur’s guardian, Hubert, prepares to burn out Arthur's eyes, but then spares him. Arthur dies leaping from the prison wall. Arthur's mother Constance grieves inconsolably.

Meanwhile, French forces reach England. John submits to the pope to gain his aid. Rebellious English nobles join the French, but return to John when they learn the French prince plans to kill them. English forces under the bastard son of Richard I expel the French, but a monk poisons King John, whose son becomes Henry III. 

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