The Two Noble Kinsmen

Instant Classics presents


The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher


First major London production since 2000


‘Perhaps the most superb work in the language’  Thomas de Quincey


The award-winning Instant Classics Theatre Company return to the White Bear with Shakespeare’s most rarely-performed play, part of the theatre’s Lost Classics season.  For many Shakespearean playgoers, this is a rare chance to catch the one play they haven’t seen.


Palamon and Arcite are best friends and military comrades, prisoners of war in Duke Theseus’s Athens.  When the two of them spot, and fall in love with, the same woman, it sets up a conflict between Venus and Mars that can only end in tragedy.


In his final play, adapted from The Knight’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, Shakespeare returns to the battle between love and friendship that had been the subject of one of his first, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  The play also includes the Gaoler’s Daughter, one of the most striking female characters in Shakespeare, whose madness echoes that of Ophelia in Hamlet.


The play is directed by David Cottis, whose previous productions at the White Bear include the British premiere of It’s All True (Time Out Critics’ Choice, ‘mesmerising, maniacal and insightful’ – and the Peter Brook award-winning Silent Partners (‘fascinating’ – Michael Billington, Guardian)


Directed by David Cottis

Designed by Zoe Hammond

Lighting design by Joshua Sung


Cast:  Richard Blackman, Cavan Clarke, Robert Harding, Lanna Joffrey, Roanna Lewis, Simon Mitelman, Amy Tobias.


The Two Noble Kinsmen runs 9-27 June, at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ.

7:30 Tuesdays-Saturdays, 4:00 Sundays.  No performances Monday.

Tickets £14 (£10 concessions).  Box office 020 7793 9193 or online at


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