play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel

Don Quixote

About the Show Less...

Joyous and merry adventures abound as the Royal Shakespeare Company's Don Quixote makes a long-awaited transfer with David Threlfall and Rufus Hound. Read More >

Joyous and merry adventures abound as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote makes a long-awaited transfer with David Threlfall and Rufus Hound.

Adapted by award-winning poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton, Don Quixote is the hilarious story of a self-fashioned travelling knight, the titular role played by Threlfall, and his faithful, bumbling squire Sancho Panza (Hound).

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote decides to embark on a quest of his own. Taking up a lance and sword, he sets out to become a wandering knight, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, he travels across Spain accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited squire.

Expect a labyrinthine world of rogues, merchants, shepherds, galley-slaves and windmills to unfold, as Don Quixote and Sancho embark on rampant and absurd quests in a brilliantly energised reinvention of the farcical epic.

Miguel de Cervantes’ iconic novel is staged merrily with songs by Fenton and Grant Olding. RSC Associate Director Angus Jackson returns to direct Don Quixote, which originally premiered at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in spring 2016, and now transfers for a limited season to the West End’s Garrick Theatre.

David Threlfall (Quixote) is best known for his leading role as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s Shameless, while his other recent TV work includes Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, and the BBC/Netflix series Troy: Fall Of A City. Actor and comedian Rufus Hound (Sancho Panza), meanwhile, has recent theatre credits including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (NT/West End), Wind In The Willows (London Palladium), and Dusty (UK tour).

Don’t miss Don Quixote, a joyous and moving production of a classic tale, given new life through in a lyrical adaptation both profound and hilarious.


Age Recommendation: 8+ i

david threlfall don quixote Garrick Theatre royal shakespeare company rsc rufus hound

Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 27/10/2018

Opening Night: 08/11/2018

Closing Night: 02/02/2019

Running time: 2h45, inc. interval

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

We currently don’t have tickets for this show.
For ticketing information, please visit the show's website.

Cast & Creative


Don Quixote - David Threlfall

Sancho Panza - Rufus Hound

Company - Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer, Eleanor Wyld


Director - Angus Jackson

Producer - Royal Shakespeare Company and Nica Burns

Designer - Robert Innes Hopkins

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Movement Director - Lucy Cullingford

Sound - Fergus O’Hare

Music By - Grant Olding

Fight Director - Malcolm Ranson

Comedy Director - Cal McCrystal

Puppetry Director/Designer - Toby Olié


About Garrick Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, United Kingdom WC2H 0HH

Unlike film, there is currently no official age classification organisation for theatre. All age recommendations are subjective and should be interpreted as guidelines unless otherwise stated. It's the responsibility of the patron to judge the show’s suitability in advance of purchase. We recommend contacting us at if you are in any doubt.