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Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy


By William Shakespeare
King's Cross
23 September 2016 - 17 December 2016

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 instalment in what was then announced as a trilogy of works from these major artists.

This autumn the project will conclude with The Tempest forming the final part of THE SHAKESPEARE TRILOGY, as we break free from the Donmar Warehouse to perform in a new 420-seat in-the-round temporary theatre at King’s Cross, immediately adjacent to King’s Cross station and directly accessible from King’s Boulevard.

The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar will play a 13-week repertory season, from 23 September - 17 December 2016. On special Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy days, all three plays will be performed back to back.

Cast includes: Jade Anouka, Sheila Atim, Jackie Clune, Shiloh Coke, Karen Dunbar, Clare Dunne, Zainab Hasan, Jennifer Joseph, Martina Laird, Sophie Stanton, Carolina Valdés and Harriet Walter


Harriet Walter plays Prospero in Shakespeare's epic evocation of the consequences of confinement and the eternal struggle for liberation and justice.

From 23 September

Director   Phyllida Lloyd
Designer   Chloe Lamford
Theatre Environment Designer   Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer   James Farncombe
Sound Designer   Peter Malkin
Movement Director   Ann Yee
Video Designer   Duncan McLean
Assistant Director   Ola Ince 

Click here to book tickets for The Tempest


Shakespeare's raw and searing study of power takes us deep into the dangerous world of conspiracy, assassination and retribution.

From 27 October

Director   Phyllida Lloyd
Designer   Bunny Christie
Lighting Designer   James Farncombe
Sound Designer   Tom Gibbons 
Movement Director   Ann Yee 
Fight Director   Kate Waters 
Video Designer   Duncan McLean
Assistant Director   Ola Ince 
Original Lighting Designer at the Donmar   Neil Austin

Click here to book tickets for Julius Ceasar


Travelling to the heart of family, duty and country, Shakespeare's monumental history play asks what makes a father, and what makes a king.

From 17 November

Director   Phyllida Lloyd
Designer   Bunny Christie with Ellen Nabaro
Costume Designer  Deborah Andrews
Lighting Designer  James Farncombe
Sound Designer   Tom Gibbons
Movement Director  Ann Yee
Fight Director   Kate Waters
Video Designer   Duncan McLean
Assistant Director   Stef O’Driscoll
Original Lighting Designer at the Donmar   Neil Austin

Click here to book tickets for Henry IV


On special Trilogy Days all three productions will be performed back-to-back.
Trilogy Day tickets give access to all three performances on that day.  Individual performances not sold separately on Trilogy Days.

The dates are Sat 19 Nov, Tue 22 Nov, Sat 26 Nov, Sat 3 Dec, Sat 10 Dec and Sat 17 Dec.

Performance times are as follows: Julius Caesar 11am, Henry IV 3:30pm, The Tempest 8pm.

Click here to book tickets for a Trilogy Day


Every £20 ‘pay it forward’ gift you make will be an investment in the Donmar’s ongoing commitment to future audiences.  By providing free tickets to young people aged 25 and under, YOUNG & FREE, our new access initiative, will enable us to share all three extraordinary productions of the Shakespeare Trilogy with the next generation of theatregoers, introducing them to world-class theatre that is hugely engaging, powerful and relevant.

A donation of £20 will cover the cost of one ticket.  For every additional £20 you are able to give another young person will experience the excitement of Phyllida Lloyd's thrilling Julius Caesar, Henry IV or The Tempest.

Thank you for your support!