King John is one of William Shakespeare’s least performed plays. Marcos Barbosa rescues it from that silence with a staging that includes a dramaturgy by Jacinto Lucas Pires. Written in 1594-96 and published in the First Folio (1623), it is a history play, a genre that allows the audience to have access to the experience of the past as an inspiration to consider the present. This dramatisation of John’s turbulent reign (1199-1216), with the vicissitudes of the war between France and England as its central node, raises a set of questions that assess the state of the nation, now as well as back then. What is this space we call Europe? How can we revive the values of this symbolic place? How do we redefine the people’s representativeness? What is our stance regarding the new migratory reality? How do we relate to the new concepts of identity and nation? Who will fill the void of spiritual power? What are the mechanics of the power struggle?
by William Shakespeare directed by Marcos Barbosa
translated by Nuno Pinto Ribeiro (Relógio D’Água) dramaturgy Jacinto Lucas Pires set design and costumes Sara Amado music Silas Ferreira lighting design Pedro Vieira de Carvalho
executive production Raquel Silva
cast Luciano Amarelo, Pedro Fontes, Pedro Moldão, Marcos Barbosa and Grupo de Teatro da Encarnação
co-produced by Escola do Largo, Teatro Nacional São João
playing time 2:15 Ages 12 and up