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by Freidrich Schiller, Adapted by Mike Poulton

Chichester Minerva


The role of Wallenstein is a great one, endowed by Iain Glen with the perfect mix of arrogance, idealism, vanity and vulnerability. One only wishes Glen spent more time on the classical stage. Angus Jackson’s hurtling production has first-rate support from Anthony Calf as the devious Octavio, John McEnery as a spidery war minister, Tom Brooke as a calculating Swedish colonel and Charlotte Emmerson as the hero’s ruinously intemperate sister-in-law. If you relish historical-political drama on the grand scale, get down to Chichester.

The Guardian, Michael Billingtom

Schiller’s verse drama of a fallen idol, rarely seen here, deserves to be much better known, especially in such a thrilling production as this one by Angus Jackson… Completed in 1799, the trilogy can run to ten hours, and has here been compressed, by Mike Poulton, to less than three…it does not feel rushed – rather, jet-propelled. A superb cast, whose verse-reading is supple and muscular, drive this tale of a military commander who defies God, emperor, and nation until all that awaits him is a knife or a noose.

The Independent, Rhoda Koening

Mike Poulton is becoming Britain’s Friedrich Schiller… Here’s a piece that makes Shakespeare’s history plays seem morally unsubtle. What’s the meaning of duty, loyalty, oaths? With the protestant Wallenstein obsessively poring over astrological charts, what’s the place of chance, fate, faith, religion in human affairs? Anyone who thinks complexity is a dramatic plus will relish this brisk, bold revival. Glen catches the contradictions of the soldier who sees himself as a new Julius Caesar: chivalric yet arrogant, charismatic yet na├»ve.

The Times, Benedict Nightingale

Chichester Festival Theatre has come up with a handsome production of this fine play.

Daily Mail, Quentin Letts


Prince Albert von Wallenstein
Iain Glen
Elizabeth von Wallenstein
Jessica Turner
Count Octavio Piccolomini
Anthony Calf
Count Terzky
Paul Hickey
Countess Terzky
Charlotte Emmerson
Max Piccolomini
Max Irons
Princess Thelka
Annabel Scholey
A friar / Gotz
Fergus O’Donnell
Denis Conway
Gustav Wrangle
Tom Brooke
Isolani / The Mayor of Eger
Ferdy Roberts
Sebastian Armesto
von Questenberg / Gordon
John McEnery
Kinsky / Page
James Atherton
A butler / soldier
Andrew Westfield
Angus Jackson
Robert Innes Hopkins
James Whiteside
Jonathan Suffolk
Fight Direction
Terry King
Catherine Ashmore


One only wishes Glen spent more time on the classical stage.