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King John

Congratulations to director Tim Carroll on your Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play for Broadway’s Twelfth Night!

You can experience Mr. Carroll’s dark and dangerous candlelit world of intrigue here at Stratford as he directs this season’s King John.


King John

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tim Carroll

Tom Patterson Theatre

May 21
to September 20
Opens May 28

Approximate running time:
2 hrs 51 min, including one interval

About The Play
War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favour of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.


New Performances Added!

We're delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, we have added performances of King John on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 26 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 27 at 8 p.m. 

Reviews & Buzz


"Truly electric...the political machinations are delicious!" - Toronto Star  


"definitely worth seeing" - Sun Media

"deliciously contemporary" - Globe and Mail

"Fascinating Performances" - Capital Critics Circle

"brilliant" - National Post

"remarkable intimacy" -
Chicago Tribune


"Director Carroll, who was nominated for two Tony Awards this year, has turned King John into the season’s must-see for Shakespeare aficionados." - Montreal Gazette

"grabs and holds attention"
"an impressive and compelling production" -
Broadway World

Audience Advisory
Most likely to be of interest to ages 12 and up, this production uses candlelight effects that include live flame.

The suitability guidelines we offer here are subjective, and not all patrons may agree with them. If you’d like more details, or if you have specific concerns, please ask a customer service representative.   









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