What is honour? A word.
What is a word, honour? Air, A trim reckoning
Who hath it? He that died o’ Wednesday.
Henri IV, William Shakespeare
Written by Pierre Corneille
Translated by David Bryer
Performed in English
The play is set in Seville, the capital of Andalucia in southern Spain. Don Fernando, the King, to deter attempts by the newly expelled Moors to regain their lost province, has moved his court south.
The King’s right hand man and commander of his armies is the Count Don Gomez. The King is to choose a tutor for his son and the Count takes it for granted that this position of honour will be given to him.
Don Gomez’s daughter, Chimena, is pursued by a number of young men but is in love with only one; Don Rodrigo. Don Rodrigo’s father, Don Diego, once occupied the same position as Chimena’s father. He is proud of his past and expects much of his only son.
The King’s daughter, the Infanta, has been encouraging the growing love between Chimena and Don Rodrigo for her own private reasons.
The British première of the stage version, specially commissioned by David Bryer. Produced by Cheek by Jowl.
“The strength of Declan Donnellan’s wholly admirable production lies in a combination of simplicity and style.”The Sunday Times
|Keith Bartlett||Don Gomez|
|Anne White||The Infanta|
|Patrick Romer||Don Diego|
|Aden Gillett||Don Rodrigo|
|Stephen Simms||Don Arias|
|David Morrissey||Don Alonzo|
|Hugh Ross||The King|
|Timothy Walker||Don Sancho|
|23–26 February 1987||Stratford–upon–Avon, Swan Theatre, UK|
|19 January–14 February 1987||London, Donmar Warehouse, UK|
|19 December 1986||Shrewsbury, Ashton Theatre, UK|
|17 December 1986||Kidderminster, Rose Theatre, UK|
|11–12 December 1986||Carlisle, Stanwix Art Theatre, UK|
|1–4 December 1986||Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal, UK|
|29–30 November 1986||Chipping Norton, The Theatre, UK|
|28–29 November 1986||Birmingham, Midlands Arts Centre, UK|
|26 November 1986||Milton Keynes, Woughton Centre, UK|
|20 November 1986||Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Theatre, UK|
|18–19 November 1986||Fareham, Drama Centre, UK|
|13–16 November 1986||Richmond, Georgian Theatre, UK|
|11 November 1986||Stamford, Arts Centre, UK|
|3 November 1986||Hull, Spring Street Theatre, UK|
|29 October 1986||Chipping Norton, The Theatre, UK|
|22 October 1986||Brighton, Gardner Centre, UK|
|17 October 1986||Bracknell, Wilde Theatre, UK|
|13–15 October 1986||Canterbury, Gulbenkian Theatre, UK|
|10 October 1986||Hemel Hempstead, Old Town Hall, UK|
|7 October 1986||Hemel Hempstead, Old Town Hall, UK|
|2–5 October 1986||Dublin, Mansion House, Ireland|
|25–26 September 1986||Basingstoke, Central Studio, UK|
|22–23 September 1986||Lowestoft, Seagull Theatre, UK|
|16–18 September 1986||King’s Lynn, Fermoy Centre, UK|
Olivier Award – Director of the Year1987 – For The Cid, Twelfth Night and Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse
“The strength of Declan Donnellan’s wholly admirable production lies in a combination of simplicity and style.”Sunday Times
“Remarkable…David Bryer’s decasyllabic verse translation also blows sky high the usual puny claim that French classic drama cannot be done in English. The matinee audience at Dublin’s Mansion House sat as if gripped by a vice.”The Guardian
“David Bryer’s decasyllabic verse translation blows sky high the usual puny claim that French classic drama cannot be done in English. The matinee audience at Dublin’s Mansion House sat as if gripped by a vice.”The Guardian