Don Carlos

Ply by Friedrich Schiller. Don Carlos is passionately in love with Elizabeth, the French Princess to whom he was once betrothed. Carlos' tyrannical father, King Philip II of Spain, decides to marry Elizabeth himself. The young prince's hatred for his cold and distant parent knows no bounds. He enlists his oldest friend, Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa to act as go-between. But Posa decides to convert Carlos and Elizabeth's youthful passion into a full scale rebellion against King Philip's oppressive and bloody regime.

2000: London Revival with John Woodvine and Rupert Penry-Jones

2005: West End Revivl with Derek Jacobi and Richard Coyle

Friedrich Schiller's other London theatre plays include Mary Stuart.


200: London Revival with John Woodvine and Rupert Penry-Jones

Previewed 13 January 2000, Opened 18 January 2000, Closed 6 April 2000 (in repertory) at the Barbican Pit Theatre

Translated by Robert David MacDonald.

The cast featured John Woodvine as 'King Philip II of Spain', Rupert Penry-Jones as 'Don Carlos', Ray Fearon as 'Marquis of Posa', Jo Martin as 'Duchess of Olivarez', Josette Simon as 'Elizabeth of Valois, Queen of Spain', Geoffrey Whitehead as 'Domingo', Claire Price as 'Princess Eboli', Michele Moran as 'Marchioness of Mondecar', Joseph England as 'Page', Ewen Cummins as 'Duke of Alba', David Collings as 'Count Lerma', Michele Moran as 'Countess Fuentes', Joseph England as 'Taxis', and John Rogan as 'Grand Inquisitor'.

Directed by Gale Edwards, with sets by Peter J Davison, costumes by Sue Willmington, lighting by Mark McCullough, music by Gary Yershon, and sound by Charles Horne.

Presented in repertory by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Prior to London this production, with the same cast, was presented in repertory at Stratford-upon-Avon's The Other Place - previewed from 9 June 1999, opened on 15 June 1999, and closed 7 October 1999 - followed by a short run at the Newcastle Playhouse Theatre from 10 to 13 November 1999.


2005: West End Revivl with Derek Jacobi and Richard Coyle

Previewed 28 January 2005, Opened 3 February 2005, Closed 30 April 2005 at the Gielgud Theatre

A major revival of Friedrich Schiller's play Don Carlos in London starring Derek Jacobi and Richard Coyle

Translated by Mike Poulton.

The cast featured Derek Jacobi as 'King Philip II of Spain and the Netherlands', Richard Coyle as 'Don Carlos', Elliot Cowan as 'Rodrigo Marquis of Posa', Una Stubbs as 'Duchess of Olivarez', Claire Price as 'Elizabeth of Valois, Queen of Spain', Andrew McDonald as 'Count Cordua', Brian Poyser as 'Duke of Medina Sidonia', Charlotte Randle as 'Princess Eboli', Ian Hogg as 'Duke of Alba', Michael Hadley as 'Domingo', Paul Keating as 'Prince of Parma', Peter Eyre as 'Cardinal Grand Inquisitor', Roger Swaine as 'Count Lerma', and Stuart Burt as 'Gabriel de la Cueva'.

Directed by Michael Grandage, with designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable, and music and sound by Adam Cork.

This production transferred to London's West End following a season at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre - previewed 22 September 2004, opened 1 October 2004, closed 6 November 2004 - with the same cast.

This production, with the same cast, was recorded for BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on Sunday 1 May 2005, directed for the radio by Andy Jordon.

Derek Jacobi's London theatre credits include playing the roles of 'Humphrey Biddulph' in Anthony Page's production of Hugh Whitemore's God Only Knows at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2001; the title role of Bill Bryden's revival of Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya at the Albery Theatre in 1996; the title role in Adrian Noble's revival of William Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Barbican Theatre in 1993; and the title role in Clifford Williams' revival of William Shakespeare's Richard II at the Phoenix Theatre in 1988.

Una Stubbs' London theatre credits include playing the role of 'Ann Gedge' in Peter James' revival of David Halliwell's Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs at the Young Vic Theatre in 1971.

"This is a spell-binding production of an unjustly neglected masterpiece, and boasts one of the greatest performances of Derek Jacobi's long and distinguished career... In Michael Grandage's production this historical drama possesses all the excitement of a first-rate thriller, full of sudden twists and unexpected turns. You lean forward in your seat, desperate to know what happens next... With the help of Mike Poulton's lean, eloquent translation, Grandage lays bare the tangled plot with lucidity, a hurtling dramatic pace, and an atmosphere of corruption and fear you can smell... Jacobi magnificently captures Philip II's cold, unyielding authority... Richard Coyle plays Don Carlos with exactly the right mix of anguish and fervour... This is a magnificent play, magnificently performed." The Daily Telegraph

"Written a couple of years before the French Revolution, in the late 1780s, Friedrich Schiller's Don Carlos is a classroom classic more honoured nowadays on the page than on the stage. But the director Michael Grandage played the title role in Manchester 17 years ago, and now he brings the play back to London in his breathtaking rediscovery of a lost masterpiece. In the title role, Richard Coyle gives a brooding, poetic performance that marks him out for stage stardom for the first time, having rightly recognised the role and the play as the German Hamlet. As his relentlessly chilly, obsessive father, Derek Jacobi gives an equally starry performance, one which confirms him in all his still majesty as the Gielgud of our time." The Daily Express

"The magnificent staging of Friedrich Schiller's great tragedy, which was also Michael Grandage's farewell production at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, dazzled critics - and it is easy to see why. Christopher Oram's atmospheric design brilliantly visualises Schiller's ideas... Grandage's tense, passionate and admirably clear production, and Derek Jacobi's riveting performance, reveal Philip to be not just a monstrous megalomaniac but also isolated and lonely, surrounded by flatterers he doesn't trust and, in the end, just another cog in a bigger, more deadly machine: the Spanish Inquisition." The Mail on Sunday

Don Carlos in London at the Gielgud Theatre previewed from 28 January 2005, opened on 3 February 2005, and closed on 30 April 2005.