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Player Kings

Tue 23 – Sat 27 Jul 2024
Main Stage, Theatre Royal


Evenings: Tue, Wed & Fri, 7pm
Matinees: Thu 2.30pm, Sat 1pm
Running Time: 3hrs 40mins (including interval)
Recommended: 14+, contains adult themes, partial nudity, depictions of drug use, strobes, haze, live flames, the smoking of cigarettes, pyrotechnics and the use of weapons and power tools

Under 30s tickets available for £20 & £30

Whilst Ian McKellen recuperates from his fall, the role of Sir John Falstaff will be performed by David Semark for all 2024 tour dates of Player Kings. If you have any questions prior to the performance, please email for further assistance. 

A new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, starring Toheeb Jimoh and Richard Coyle and adapted by the award-winning writer and director Robert Icke.
A divided country, leadership crumbling, corruption in the air. Welcome to England.

Hal wasn’t born to be king. Only now, it seems, he will be. His father longs for him to leave behind his friends in the taverns of Eastcheap, most notably the infamous John Falstaff. War is on the horizon. But will Hal ever come good?

Bringing together Shakespeare’s two great history plays (Henry IV, parts 1 and 2) into the theatrical event of the season.

Player Kings will reign over Newcastle Theatre Royal for five performances only.

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