Laying bare the decision-making of three rulers in times of crisis, each tasked with judging whether to commit their men to conflict and potential resulting bloodshed, Kings Of War at the Barbican Theatreexposes the conflict between national concerns and self-interest.

Reimagined as modern-day political leaders, William Shakespeare’s Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III must determine the fates of their people in this unified, radical adaptation. Plunging us into the depths of discussions with global consequences, this timely production strikes a chord with modern audiences as we witness the scenes in labyrinthine war rooms.

Olivier Award-winning Ivo van Hove follows his most recent hits by directing a work of similarly ground-breaking impact.

Please note, this production is recommended for individuals ages 12 and older.

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