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Station Street, Birmingham, Midlands B5 4DS

Player Kings

Closed July 13, 2024

It's an exciting challenge to bring together two of Shakespeare's plays into one production, and I'm so excited to share Player Kings with audiences in the West End and across the country.

Director, Robert Icke

Why See Player Kings?

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On Tour

Don't miss this new play adapted and directed by Robert Icke. A reimagining of William Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts I and II that distills the two plays into one, catch David Semark as he steps centre stage as the Bard's work as Sir John Falstaff, friend of young Hal and partner in mischief.

After sustaining an injury from a fall during the west end run, Sir Ian McKellen will no longer appear in Player Kings.

Who is Falstaff?

A presence in three of Shakespeare's plays, Sir John Falstaff is depicted as a rotund, jolly presence for whom mischief comes easily. Be it leading the young prince astray in Henry VI, or wooing women with various scams, his schemes and outlook make him an audience favourite whenever he appears.

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Opening night: 10 July 2024

Cast and Creative


David Semark as John Falstaff
Toheeb Jimoh as Hal
Richard Coyle as King Henry IV
Raphael Akuwudike as Prince John/Second Drawer
Sara Beharrell as Hotspurís Servant/Snare/Davy
Samuel Edward-Cook as Hotspur/Pistol 
Geoffrey Freshwater as Bardolph
James Garnon as Worcester/Silence
Alice Hayes as Messenger/Carrier
Henry Jenkinson as Harcourt
Nigel Lister as Northumberland/Francis
Annette McLaughlin as Warwick
Mark Monero as Peto
Hywel Morgan as Sir Walter Blunt
Joseph Mydell as Lord Chief Justice
Clare Perkins as Mistress Quickly
Daniel Rabin as Poins
David Semark as Vernon
David Shelley as Sheriff/Surrey
Robin Soans as Shallow
Tafline Steen as Tearsheet/Lady Percy
Perry Williams as Page/Douglas/Thomas


Adapted and directed by Robert Icke
Design by Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting by Lee Curran
Sound by Gareth Fry
Casting by Julia Horan
Fighting design by Kev McCurdy

What you thought

35 reviews, average rating: (3.4 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Patrivia Beales: “first time Shakespeare”

This is the first time I have seen Shakespeare performed live and wow does... more

Sally: “Stunning! ”

The sets, the cast, the way the story weaves together, brilliant! .. wasn't... more

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