Stratford Festival's King John Streams Free Today

Stratford Festival's King John Streams Free Today

"King John", filmed live at the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival will be streaming on September 7th for free. Previously released through Fathom Events in cinemas, the play will be streaming for a limited period of 24 hours.

The Stratford festival runs every year and is one of the most well-known art festivals in Canada, recognized worldwide for its productions of Shakespearean plays. 

The festival's "Stage to Screen" initiative films its seasonal productions and releases them to cinemas around the world. In the US, Fathom Events distributes the filmed plays to cinemas.

Here's how to stream the festival's "King John":

 


 

War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favor of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur.

Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion, and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.

King John would be streaming for free globally on September 7th, 2022 for 24 hours only. A link to the stream has been added to our updating list of free streaming musicals and plays.

In his review for the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones said: "King John is a difficult, complex play, especially in its later moments, yet this production has a remarkable intimacy, crystallized by the formidable actor Graham Abbey, whose relationship with the audience becomes one of the closest I've ever seen in a Shakespearean drama, even though Abbey is playing a character named Philip the Bastard. And so he is, severing at least one head from its usual spot on top of a body; the noggin makes an appearance in the Tom Patterson Theatre, as it would have at the Blackfriars."

Directed by Tim Carroll, the cast includes Tom McCamus, Seana McKenna, Graham Abbey, Patricia Collins, and Peter Hutt.