David Threlfall and Rufus Hound will reprise their lead roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote when the production transfers to London’s Garrick Theatre from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.
Originally premiered at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in spring 2016, the production is once again directed by RSC associate director Angus Jackson (Oppenheimer) and stars David Threlfall in the title role with Rufus Hound as Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza.
The award-winning poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton has adapted Miguel de Cervantes’ iconic novel which tells the famous, farcical story of a self-fashioned travelling knight accompanied by his faithful squire.
RSC artistic director Gregory Doran said:“We are delighted that Angus Jackson’s joyful production of Don Quixote is going to be shared with West End audiences this autumn.
“London audiences will get the chance to see David Threlfall and Rufus House re-create their chemistry on stage and I encourage everyone to discover this hilarious, profound and lyrical adaptation of a classic tale.”
Co-producer and theatre owner Nica Burns added: “Having seen this glorious production which premiered at the Swan Theatre in 2016, we are thrilled to be collaborating with the RSC to share this joyous and moving evening with a wider audience at its new home at the Garrick Theatre.”
Don Quixote is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with music composed by Grant Olding, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O’Hare. The fight director is Malcolm Ranson and movement is by Lucy Cullingford.
David Threlfall is best known for his leading role as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s Shameless. His other recent TV work includes Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, Black Sea, Housewife 49, What Remains and most recently he appeared in the BBC/Netflix series Troy: Fall of a City. His original appearance in the show in Stratford marked a long-awaited return to the RSC for Threlfall, whose last performance there was in his award-winning role of Smike in the iconic adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby in 1980.
Actor and comedian Rufus Hound will return to play Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza. Hound’s recent work includes the Rose Theatre Kingston’s War of the Roses cycle, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (NT/West End), Wind in the Willows (London Palladium Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Curve Leicester), Present Laughter (Chichester) and the upcoming new musical Dusty (UK tour).