Original titleDON CARLOS
Cast14 total (3 F and 11 M)
Variable cast sizeNo
RepresentationNordic representation
LanguagesSwedish, Danish
Mike Poulton’s competent adaptation of Schiller’s monumental drama from 1787/88 was performed at the Crucible Theatre in 2004 and one year after at the Gielgud Theatre in London. The original text material has been somewhat halved (can be performed in less than 3 hours) and appears extremely intense. The young idealistic prince Carlos’ ideas about freedom and humanity triggers a conflict with his despotic father King Filip II of Spain; he falls deeply in love with his step mother Queen Elizabeth and gets involved with his best friend Marquis Posa’s dangerous political operations. This is a powerful and colourful drama about power and freedom, forbidden passion and deadly intrigues. “Magnificent... Mike Poulton's fleet and vivid translation... all the deftly plotted twists and turns of a thriller. You lean forward in your seat, desperate to discover what happens next... a masterpiece” - Daily Telegraph / “A triumph” – Guardian / […] it is a fine example of a political thriller at its most exciting, heavy with atmosphere and passion.” – The Stage