Chanting monks and 16th century musical instruments, this is Shakespeare's King John like you have never seen it before. Brilliantly produced, using the theatre as Shakespeare intended. The actors mingle and interact with the audience, especially those in the standing yard, known as groundlings.
Shakespeare takes a bit of licence with his portrayal of one of England's "weakest" kings and the politics of the Papal Rome and France that he had to grapple with (and lose). The tale narrated by Faulconbridge, the bastard son of Richard the Lionheart (brilliantly acted) is both gripping and entertaining. A wee bit traditional Shakespeare, a wee bit musical, and more than a sprinkling of good humour and laughs.
Make the most of the new season at the Globe theatre, soak in culture, history and a good time all at the same time and with the £5 groundling tickets you simply can't go wrong throughout the whole sumer season.