King John, Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Octagon Theatre, Montgomery, Ala.
May 22 – July 14, 2001

Critical Response

“Not just Ray Chambers and John Preston’s efforts deserve praise in this production; the entire cast is good, especially considering the excessive length of the speeches in King John, which are better suited to late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century performance and taste than that of the modern stage.”
—Craig Barrow, The Upstart Crow: Shakespeare Journal, Volume XXII


“‘King John’ features a lot of fighting with gas masks and other equipment, said actor Johnny Lee Davenport, who portrays Hubert De Burgh, a man who becomes King John’s hatchet man.

‘They become so close, they are finishing each other’s thoughts,’ Davenport said. ‘So when King John asks him to kill Arthur (King John’s nephew), you know he is going to do it.’”
—Robyn Bradley Litchfield, Montgomery Advertiser (May 22, 2001)