Named after one of the main players in Covent Garden’s rich theatrical history, the actor David Garrick, the Garrick Theatre opened in 1889 thanks to the financial clout of another of the area’s stage legends—WS Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan.
These days the Garrick provides a Covent Garden staging post for a wide range of touring companies. Recent hits have included Kwame Kwei-Armah’s award-winning Elmina’s Kitchen, Rupert Everett in Pygmalion, Christian Slater in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Billie Piper in Treats.
CURRENT PRODUCTION: DON QUIXOTE
Joyous and merry adventures abound as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote makes a long-awaited transfer with David Threlfall and Rufus Hound.
Adapted by award-winning poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton, Don Quixote is the hilarious story of a self-fashioned travelling knight, the titular role played by Threlfall, and his faithful, bumbling squire Sancho Panza (Hound).
After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote decides to embark on a quest of his own. Taking up a lance and sword, he sets out to become a wandering knight, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, he travels across Spain accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited squire.
Expect a labyrinthine world of rogues, merchants, shepherds, galley-slaves and windmills to unfold, as Don Quixote and Sancho embark on rampant and absurd quests in a brilliantly energised reinvention of the farcical epic.
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