Rose Theatre Kingston has announced a major new revival of Schiller’s Don Carlos with Tom Burke leading the company as Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa. Gadi Roll’s production is presented in a co-production with Exeter Northcott and Nuffield Southampton Theatres and forms part of the Rose’s 10th anniversary season alongside Much Ado About Nothing with Mel Giedroyc. Full details of the season will be announced shortly.
The production opens in Exeter, before touring to Southampton, and then completes its run at the Rose from 6-17 November 2018.Priority booking for the Rose Circle opens on 15 November, with Rose Loyalty Card Holders booking from 21 November, and public booking on 23 November 2017.
Don Carlos, son and heir to the tyrannical Philip II, is desperately in love with his stepmother, Elizabeth, to whom he was once betrothed. To resolve his all-consuming passion, Carlos enlists the help of his closest friend. Enter Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, who dreams of freedom for his people and becomes an unlikely power broker in the King’s duplicitous court.
Written just two years before the French Revolution, Schiller’s Don Carlos engages with themes of justice, equality, freedom of expression and conscience, religious bigotry and state persecution and is as relevant today as ever.
Executive Producer Jerry Gunn said today, “We’re thrilled to welcome Tom Burke and Gadi Roll to Kingston with Schiller’s seminal work Don Carlos as part of our 10th anniversary season in a co-production with Exeter Northcott and Nuffield Southampton Theatres. 2018 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year for the company with Don Carlos joining Much Ado about Nothing with Mel Giedroyc as Beatrice. We look forward to sharing our full plans for the year shortly.”