In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Julius Caesar placed the play in a women’s prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of ‘who owns Shakespeare?’ In 2014, Phyllida reunited with actor Harriet Walter for Henry IV, the second installment in what was then announced as a trilogy of works from these major artists. In the autumn of 2016 the project concluded with The Tempest forming the final part of THE SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY. Performed in a new purpose-built 420-seat in-the-round temporary theatre at King’s Cross,
The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar played a sell-out 13-week repertory season, from 23 September - 17 December 2016.
With the Donmar’s education and outreach work, all three productions proved hugely popular with young audiences and showed just how powerfully Shakespeare can develop individual confidence and creativity in those who have never experienced his work before.
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Direction PHYLLIDA LLOYD
Starring HARRIET WALTER
“One of the most important theatrical events of the past 20 years” – The Guardian