King John / The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Experience the best upcoming talent from the North of England as one cast stage two of Shakespeare’s least known plays…

What comes to mind when you think of King John? The Magna Carta? Forget it. Shakespeare’s rarely staged tragedy about Britain’s most useless king rediscovers this overlooked gem, relocated to the middle of Thatcher’s Britain amid the miner’s strike that led to a bloody revolution. Shakespeare’s play examines the responsibility of power, the need for war, and the inability of men to rule, in an uneasily patriotic play that raises as many questions about our leaders today as it did 400 years ago.

Paired in rep with King John, The Two Gentlemen of Verona takes you to mid-90’s Liverpool in a riotous production that celebrates the messy, filthy joy of young love. What happens when you fall in love with your best friend’s other half? Come on a sensory journey with us, in a production which seeks to bring the joy of togetherness after too many solitary years of Covid. Get your shell suit and your pagers ready, it’s time to spice up your life.

Both productions alternate on different nights with the same cast. Book both shows for the price of €25.

‘PurpleCoat always puts a smile on your face’
British Theatre Guide

‘Deliciously funny’

‘It seems like no bad thing to support PurpleCoat’
Stephen Fry

Tickets €15 | €13.50 concession (student/OAP)
Running time 120 mins

WRITTEN BY William Shakespeare
DIRECTED BY Karl Falconer

About the company…
PurpleDoor are a Liverpool based theatre (formerly PurpleCoat), whose work has toured the UK and Ireland and been produced in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Nominated for a National Lottery Award, PurpleDoor have been hailed as ‘one of the UK’s fastest rising ensembles’ with a body of work that has been championed by figures including Stephen Fry and Judi Dench. They aim to champion undiscovered talent and help new audiences enjoy Shakespeare.

King John
27 + 29 Jul
Boys’ School
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
28 + 30 Jul
Boys’ School