Saturday Lunch with Shakespeare: "The Life and Death of King John"
October 21, 2023
Doors open 11:45. Lunch from 12:00. The play will end by approximately 4.30 p.m.
Presenter: Stuart Varnam-Atkin

"Mad world, mad kings, mad composition!"

What are the political and human consequences of two rival candidates laying claim to the throne? How are individuals affected by power politics? This is a rare chance to see a play printed for the first time in the First Folio, whose 400th anniversary we celebrate this year.
Centered around ‘Bad King John’, the 12th-century psychopath of Robin Hood and Magna Carta fame (although neither is mentioned in the play) and the French King and Dauphin, it also features two powerful royal mothers and a heroic illegitimate prince.
The 1984 BBC version is directed by David Giles. The King is played by Leonard Rossiter (The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin) in his last performance; Queen Elinor by Mary Morris (Queen Margaret in An Age of Kings); Constance by Claire Bloom (Limelight, The King's Speech); Hubert by John Thaw (Inspector Morse); The Bastard by George Costigan (Rita, Sue and Bob Too); and Salisbury by John Castle (Man of La Mancha, RoboCop 3). Our presenter is Stuart Varnam- Atkin.

"Zounds! I was never so bethump'd with words!"

The ticket price, including lunch, is 4,950 yen for members and 5,500 yen for non-members (tax inclusive).
There is a cash bar, and drink tickets are available at the Front Desk.
Please make reservations through the Front Desk 03-3211-3161 or
Cancellations after 6 p.m on October 17 will be charged in full.
Please cooperate with the Club's Covid-19 prevention measures.

The Special Projects Committee
沙翁土曜午餐会: ジョン王
日本語字幕監修 東京大学名誉教授小田島雄志
10月21日 (土) 11:45-16:30 講師 ヴァーナム・アトキン


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