Garrick Theatre, London
★★★★★ - Financial Times / Mail on Sunday
Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Cervantes' legendary comic novel is a joyous romp with David Threlfall (Shameless) playing Don Quixote and Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors) playing his witty squire.
After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, one eccentric old man heads off on a rumbustious quest to become a wandering knight accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited servant, "riotously performed by David Threlfall as Don Quixote and Rufus Hound as Sancho Panza" (The Times).
Taking up a lance and sword, Don Quixote sets out on a hilarious journey across medieval Spain, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked.
Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, with each calamitous adventure the two hapless heroes experience, the romantic ideal of Quixote's books seems further away than ever.
Following its sell-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Cervantes' death, the Royal Shakespeare Company's "joyous" (Guardian) production of this legendary comic novel is told by a company of 20 actors accompanied by a band of live musicians.
Adapted for the stage by James Fenton (The Orphan of Zhao, 2012) and directed by Angus Jackson (Oppenheimer, 2014 / ROME MMXVII, 2017) this "boisterous romp" (The Times) arrives at the Garrick Theatre for a strictly limited 14-week season from 27 October.
BOOKING PERIOD: Until Saturday 2 February 2019
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes including interval
VENUE: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HH