King John

Book tickets



Total 1 £10.00

Friday, 19 Aug 2022 – 19.00 for 19.30

concession ticket

Purple Coat bring us Shakespeare

Concessions for under 18 year olds, unemployed or those on benefits.

Experience the best upcoming talent from the North of England as one cast stage two of Shakespeare’s least known plays…

What comes to mind when you think of King John? The Magna Carta? Forget it. Shakespeare’s rarely staged tragedy about Britain’s most useless king rediscovers this overlooked gem,relocated to the middle of Thatcher’s Britain amid the miner’s strike that led to a bloody revolution.

Shakespeare’s play examines the responsibility of power, the need for war, and the inability of men to rule, in an uneasily patriotic play that raises as many questions about our leaders today as it did 400 years ago.

‘It seems like no bad thing to support PurpleCoat’ – Stephen Fry

‘A rare and fantastic feat, not to be missed. Karl Falconer has made the events in one of the world’s best-known plays seem surprising’ – Public Reviews (Hamlet)

‘PurpleCoat showcase the genius of Shakespeare’ – Observer, Ireland

‘The directing is masterful. Should you be lucky enough to catch more of PurpleCoat’s work, I would highly recommend that you don’t miss it’ – British Theatre Guide

‘PurpleCoat’s work is a joy to behold’ – The Liverpool Echo

Paired in rep with King John, on Saturday night we bring you: The Two Gentlemen of Verona takes you to mid-90’s Liverpool in a riotous production that celebrates the messy, filthy joy of young love. What happens when you fall in love with your best friend’s other half?

Come on a sensory journey with us, in a production which seeks to bring the joy of togetherness after too many solitary years of Covid. Get your shell suit and your pagers ready, it’s time to spice up your life.

Book both shows for a discount.

Licensed bar available.



West Kirby Arts Centre
29 Brookfield Gardens
West Kirby
CH48 4EL


Parking is available for free at West Kirby Concourse car park which is a one minute walk from the Arts Centre. Residents of the road struggle for car parking space and we'd appreciate it if visitors to the arts centre didn't add to the parking issues the road experiences. Thank you!