Don Carlos

by Garson Kanin
Goodwood Theatre 166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
August 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 @ 7.30Matinees Sunday 4 @ 4.00; Saturday 10 @ 2.00Early Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 @ 6.30

In 16th-century Spain, the Spanish Inquisition is in full swing. Crown Prince Carlos is betrothed to Princess Elisabeth of France – until his tyrannical father, King Philip II, decides it would be better politics for him to marry Elisabeth himself. 

Trapped in a spy-riddled court, the explosive young prince’s hatred for his puritanical father knows no bounds. Nor does his continued love for his now-stepmother. Carlos entreats his boyhood friend, Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, to act as a go-between. 

Rodrigo decides, instead, to defy the Inquisition, and convert Carlos’ dangerous passion into a full-scale rebellion against Philip’s religiously oppressive and bloody regime. But, can Rodrigo shield Carlos from his enemies at court, while opening the prince’s eyes to what a humane ruler might achieve? 

Schiller’s most famous play – regarded as the German Hamlet – is a taut political thriller, brim-full of back-stabbing intrigue, interwoven with timeless debates about liberty, justice, power, tolerance, freedom of conscience and legitimacy of government. 

One of the world’s truly great plays, so famous was Don Carlos that Giuseppe Verdi adapted it into the most magnificent of all his operas. 

A must-see, if you loved The Tudors and The Borgias