King John

Hammerpuzzle’s King John was commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath as part of the Shakespeare Unplugged Festival 2014. It then toured the South West in Spring 2015.

Though often misjudged and overlooked as a lesser of Shakespeare’s plays, King John explores a political and social unrest that not only resonates today but perhaps gives us a glimpse of a future we are heading for. The world is dark and hopeless. The green and pleasant land of England is almost a myth. War and conflict is the norm in every country and children are used as pawns in grown men’s games.

As we zoom in on one such political conflict, that of King John and his young nephew Arthur, we discover that the heart of the matter is actually a matter of the heart. The bitter struggle for power begs the terrifying question; how far will we go to get what we want?

Hammerpuzzle’s King John is a high energy adaptation that captures the dynamic realism of this tragic story whilst holding on to the heart of Shakespeare’s original text.

If you are a venue interested in booking this show or further information please contact Lizzy Cummins.

Running Time approx. 70mins


  • Writer/Composer – Tamsin Kennard
  • Director – Bryn Holding
  • Producer – Lizzy Cummins
  • Set & Costume Design – Adrian Gee
  • Lighting Design – Lloyd Evans
  • Touring Stage Manager – Martha Everett
  • Production Assistant 2014 – Claire Rowbotham
  • Puppetry 2015 – Tomasin Cuthbert



  • Kirsty Cox
  • Laura Fautley
  • Sam Lawrence
  • Philip Perry
  • Charlie Ryan
  • Katy Sobey
  • Dan Winter
  • Max Moody/Jay Bradfield


  • Ryan Cloud
  • Kirsty Cox
  • Laura Fautley
  • Marc Geoffrey
  • Danann McAleer
  • Max Moody
  • Charlie Ryan
  • Katy Sobey

Photos and film: Camilla Adams Photography