Don Quixote at Garrick Theatre tickets
Don Quixote at Garrick Theatre tickets

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Overview

After receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike, Angus Jackson’s smash-hit production of Don Quixote transfers to the West End. Originally premiering in 2016 at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the hilarious comedy plays at London’s Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Adapted for the stage by poet and journalist James Fenton, the play is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ iconic, sadly whimsical novel The Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote de la Mancha; a popular story in modern culture. Following the aging titular character, who has spent a lifetime reading books about medieval knights and their quests, Don Quixote believes he is one as well.

Inspired by the wandering knights in the stories, he dons a suit of armour, finds an ill-suited companion and embarks on a life of defending the helpless and defeating the wicked. Unfortunately, it becomes clear that he is beginning to lose his grip on reality, as inns become castles, prostitutes become ladies of the court and windmills are giants that must be fought!

David Threlfall stars as Don Quixote, opposite Rufus Hound as Sancho Panza, both reprising their roles from the original production. Threlfall is best-known for starring in Channel 4’s Shameless, as well as Black Sea, What Remains and Troy: Fall of a City, whilst Hound’s stage credits include the recent Present Laughter at Chichester Festival Theatre, Wind in the Willows and One Man Two Guvnors.

Additional casting includes Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer and Eleanor Wyld.

Angus Jackson (Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Goodnight Mister Tom) directs the production, which features design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Fergus O’Hare, movement by Lucy Cullingford and fight direction by Malcolm Ransom, with original compositions by Grant Olding.

The RSC production was first staged to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death and received across the board. A hilarious, madcap, riotous adventure, his playful production plays a strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre. Don Quixote runs at the London venue from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019, with a press night on 8 November 2018.

Recommended for

Those that enjoy retellings of classical literature, RSC audiences and people looking for some hugely funny and entertaining theatre over the holidays will enjoy this, whilst David Threlfall and Rufus Hound fans shouldn’t miss out!

Age Recommendations: Recommended 8+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 27 Oct 2018
Press night: 08 Nov 2018
Booking from: 02 Feb 2019
Booking until: 02 Feb 2019

Location and map

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH

127 Reviews Add review

They had intense audience interaction. Really, I was to be glad I was behind a pillar when the food fight (!) started. One bread roll... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This was a very enjoyable show from start to finish. It felt like an adult pantomime with loads of audience participation. Being sat... More

joc78 5"4, 359 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Just wonderful, absolutely sublime and I loved every single second of it! Incredible staging, the relationship between Hound and Threlfall... More

emilyflett 5”9, 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This wasn't really what I was expecting at all. I was expecting a proper laugh out loud farce, but instead it was pretty straight... More

Jamb0r 178, 162 reviews, 12 helpful votes

Amusing in parts and touching in others, I especially enjoyed the moments when Rufus Hound broke the fourth wall and interacted with... More

LondonLass 5"1, 216 reviews, 13 helpful votes

The play was funny although at some points it seemed slow. It is similar to Shakespeare plays (it's actually by the Royal Shakespeare... More

Martin02 177cm, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant! A must see. Rufus Hound and David Threlfall had a deserved standing ovation. Hilarious in parts.

jeanettemartin 5' 3", 52 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A very unusual show due to the amount of interaction with the audience, but it's really funny. Excellent horses and puppet babies were... More

ivettcsordas 152 cm, 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote

bowerhe 5'6, 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes