Theatre and Comedy

Kings Of War

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Barbican, London


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Kings Of War

Imagine if Shakespeare's kings were modern day political leaders...

Shakespeare's Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III become modern-day political leaders, all their fates unfolding in this single, radical adaptation. Pulling us behind the scenes into labyrinthine war rooms, the explosive play strikes a chord with global events we see on the news everyday. Three rulers in times of crisis, each faced with the life-or-death choice of whether to go to war. Their decision-making is laid bare, exposing the conflict between national concerns and self-interest. Olivier Award-winning Ivo van Hove follows his most recent hits, Antigone and A View from the Bridge, by directing a work of the same impact as his ground-breaking Roman Tragedies, seen here in 2009. Runtime: 4 hours + interval. Over 12s only. Performed in Dutch with English surtitles.

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