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King John / 2 MARCH 19h



by Friedrich Dürrenmatt in the manner of Shakespeare
original title: János király
a production of Örkény Theatre (Örkény Színház)
Venue: Örkény Theatre
Time: 2 March 2013, 19.00
Duration: 110 minutes
with subtitles

One of Budapest’s best repertory theatres opens the showcase with a show directed by László Bagossy. The play is transformed into a political-d historical farce in which every form of power is interchangeable. The show was chosen for best direction and also won the award for best costumes from the Theatre Critics’ Association in 2011.

John Plantagenet, King of England – Csaba DEBRECZENY
Queen Elinor, John’s mother – Judit POGÁNY
Isabelle of Angoulême, John’s wife – Nóra Diána TAKÁCS
Blanche of Castile, John’s niece – Anna SZANDTNER
Constance, his sister-in-law – Anikó FÜR
Arthur Plantagenet, John’s nephew – XXX
Philip Faulconbridge, the Bastard – Csaba POLGÁR
Robert Faulconbridge, the Bastard’s elder brother – István FICZA
Philip II, King of France – László GÁLFFI
Louis, the Dauphin – István FICZA
Leopold, Duke of Austria – Imre CSUJA
Pandulpho, Milan Cardinal, Legate of Pope Innocent III – Pál MÁCSAI
Lord Pembroke, John’s Minister – Zsolt MÁTHÉ
Chatillon, Philip’s Envoy – Zsolt MÁTHÉ
Lord Bigot – Nóra Diána TAKÁCS
Lord Essex – Judit POGÁNY
Lord Salisbury – Anikó FÜR
Monks, executioners, citizens: Zoltán CSIRE, Zoltán ELM, Bálint KOCSÁN, Imre BAKSA, Csaba TÓTH
Set design: Levente BAGOSSY                                       
Script: Ildikó GÁSPÁR
Costume: Kristina IGNJATOVIC
Prompter: Zita KANIZSAY
Stage Manager: Gergely Tamás BERTA
Assistant to the Director: Ariadne ÉRDI


Director: László BAGOSSY

Opening night: 12 March 2011

KING JOHN                          War if you want war.

KING PHILIP                        Peace if England wants peace. Two great powers are fighting each other: England and France. Durrenmatt’s ironic adaptation of a Shakespearian history play explores the dramaturgy of today’s power plays. Its heroes are not historic monarchs thinking in terms of centuries but shrewd politicians fighting for their momentary survival. A dramatised chronicle is turned into a comedy. The only thing that remains after fierce battles, royal marriages, promises, laws, negotiations and engagements is an ever bleaker future.

KING JOHN                          Philip of France! We shall be in the Battle and hope to find you there, Where men fight men.

KING PHILIP                        John, are you offended? Do you take personally, What is a political necessity? Me? In battle? A battle is revolting.



Synopsis of King John

Following the death of his three brothers, King John from the House of Plantagenet occupies the throne of England. A messenger arrives from France, where King Philip does not recognize John. He demands that the English king surrender the throne to his young nephew Arthur. John and his mother Queen Elinor refuse, even though this could result in a bloody, costly war. John plans to raise money from the monasteries at the risk of angering the Pope in Rome.

Meanwhile, a strange case comes before the king. Robert Falconbridge, a country lord, claims that his older brother is a bastard, and therefore not entitled to their father’s inheritance. The older brother, it seems, is the illegitimate child of Richard the Lion-hearted, John’s deceased brother. While John rules in the older brother’s favour, the bastard surrenders the inheritance to his younger brother when Queen Elinor offers him the opportunity of a splendid (though risky) career. After being knighted and dubbed Sir Richard Plantagenet, he is propositioned by Blanch, King John’s niece. Determined to master the game of court intrigue, he accepts the invitation to Blanch’s bed.

Outside Angiers, Arthur’s mother Constance gathers with her allies, King Philip of France and the Austrian Archduke Leopold. The court of England arrives for diplomatic talks, but the discussion is soon overwhelmed by personal arguments. Even Sir Richard vows to take revenge on the Archduke Leopold for killing his father Richard the Lion-hearted in battle.

War seems inevitable, but Sir Richard suggests asking the citizens of Angiers to decide who should be their king: John or Arthur. However, the citizens are unwilling to make a choice. In the meantime, Leopold slips away and mounts a surprise attack. War breaks out.

After the first bloody engagement, it is still unclear who is the victor, so the town will not swear allegiance to either. Sir Richard proposes to solve the disagreement through marriage: King Philip’s son Louis will marry Blanch (although she is in love with the Sir Richard) and King John will marry the Spanish Isabella, who was formerly engaged to Louis. The parties agree, but they decide to reduce the town of Angiers to ruins before the double royal wedding. King John makes a pact with Sir Richard to help and use each other.

At the wedding feast, Constance upbraids Philip and Leopold for betraying her son Arthur. Then, Cardinal Pandulph, a representative of Pope Innocent, arrives to stop the marriages, but he is too late. He declares John an enemy of Rome and orders France to declare war on him again. For political reasons, King Philip must obey. Blanch curses Sir Richard for creating such a mess.

In the subsequent battle, Sir Richard kills Archduke Leopold. The French capture Queen Elinor, but the English take young Arthur prisoner. The French messenger offers to trade the hostages (the king’s mother for his nephew), but John refuses and has the messenger dragged behind a horse. They return to England with Arthur.

In a chapel in Le Mans, Cardinal Pandulph is unable to comfort the grieving Constance, who curses the French. He then counsels Louis and Philip to compel King John to kill Arthur by executing his mother Queen Elinor, who is in their custody.

Although King John is resolved to kill Arthur, Sir Richard persuades him not to, since he fears that the lords will revolt. King John decides to have himself crowned again. At the second coronation, everyone is convinced that Arthur is dead. A French army has even come ashore to resume war. Still, as King John prepares to present his nephew safe and sound, it turns out that Arthur did indeed die the night before while attempting to escape from the tower. Outraged, the lords depart in order to join France and overthrow their king. Sir Richard advises John to submit to Rome and offer the people rights. That way, they will turn against the lords. In his desperation, King John adopts this plan.

In an abbey in Swinstead, King John confronts a miserable Cardinal Pandulph, who does not take the king’s repentance seriously until John hands over the English crown. Then he absolves John completely and makes him Rome’s custodian in England. He is even more overjoyed when he hears that John has a male successor and intends to give rights to the people. Pandulph resolves to stop the war.

In the French camp, Louis complains to his father about Blanch’s infidelity. Pandulph arrives with news of John’s abdication, but since he is now the Pope’s ally, the French must retreat. Although enraged, Philip is forced to obey. Pandulph comforts him with the news that the King of England has been poisoned by his own minister Pembroke. In this new state of affairs, Sir Richard is completely powerless. Blanch takes her revenge on him by “whipping him like a dog”.

King John announces the Magna Charta and fundamental rights for the people, but he is bitter and gravely ill. Just before dying, he curses Sir Richard for only creating troubles. The infant Henry III is declared king with Pembroke as his guardian. When Pembroke offers Sir Richard a position in the new court, he declines. He abandons the court to become a peasant again, to spread Richard the Lion-hearted’s seed among the commoners. Pembroke envisions a better future for England, free of madmen.