About the show
Tilt at windmills with the West End transfer of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote at the Garrick Theatre.
James Fenton’s adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic 17th-century Spanish novel Don Quixote comes to the West End. It arrives in London two and a half years after it debuted to critical acclaim in Stratford-upon-Avon.
A defining work of world literature, Don Quixote follows the adventures of Alonso Quixano. Alonso is a Spanish gentleman with delusions of grandeur. Together with his sidekick manservant Sancho Panza, he gallivants around Spain in an attempt to revive the days of chivalry.
Recasting himself as dashing knight-errant Don Quixote, Quixano launches attacks on windmills, slaughters a herd of sheep and releases a chain gang of convicts. He does it all in the name of his beloved – and the entirely fictitious – Dulcinea del Toboso.
This Royal Shakespeare Company production uses an adaptation by poet and playwright James Fenton. His long and distinguished career has involved working as a political journalist, drama critic, book reviewer, war correspondent, foreign correspondent and also a columnist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Oxford Professor of Poetry and in 2007 was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
David Threlfall leads the cast as Don Quixote, while Rufus Hound plays Sancho Panza.
Threlfall played the leading role of Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s Shameless. He previously appeared in TV series including Sex, Chips & Rock ‘n’ Roll, Ripper Street and Troy: Fall Of A City. His 2016 appearance in the Stratford staging of this production saw him return to the RSC 26 years after his award-winning role in the 1980 production of Nicholas Nickleby.
Hound is a well-known actor and comedian, whose stage credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wind In The Willows, and also One Man Two Guvnors.
Angus Jackson directs the play. He recently directed the RSC’s season of Rome plays and also the acclaimed play Oppenheimer. Robert Innes Hopkins provides Don Quixote’s design.
Don Quixote runs from 27 October 2018 – 2 February 2019 at Garrick Theatre.