Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Premiere 24 January 2019 | Theatre Avoimet Ovet, Helsinki

Red Nose Company presents Don Quixote – the mother of all road trips. Actors Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama have been working together as a clown duo since 2012. After  years on tour, it was inevitable to let their clowns Mike & Zin become Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

For centuries the adventures of Don Quixote have been in the very heart of European culture. The themes of the play – friendship, idealism, multi-cultural issues – seem to become more and more relevant in the world we live and love in.

Red Nose Company takes the audience on a journey through Europe. What do the wandering hot plains of La Mancha and the snowy, frozen tundra of Lapland have in common? Who is an immigrant? What is humanity, and what makes us all laugh? And, most importantly, what does a person do when facing injustices?


True virtuosity – the actors have the ability to be completely present and to juggle impulses. – Helsingin Sanomat
Outstanding, multi-layered, entertaining – Spectator 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It’s warm-hearted, clever and very funny. Catch this professional and accomplished show – Three Weeks Edinburgh
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This double act is unmissable – West End Best Friend
⭐⭐⭐⭐ An impressively funny affair that is both very silly and very clever. – All Edinburgh Theatre

Don Quixote has been directed by Otso Kautto. Kautto is a Helsinki-based writer, an awarded theatre director and performing poet. In 2018 Kautto was elected director of TTT Theatre in Tampere, which is one of the three national main theatres in the country. He has directed both in big theatres as well as in small theatre groups, mostly at Theatre Quo Vadis and the Finnish National Theatre. He performs his poetry in the Poetry Band and is doing his PhD studies at the Theatre Academy where his research topic is sense of ritual.

Touring information 

Running time at full length 120 minutes

Intermission Yes

Stage required Height 4m, width 6m, depth 8m

Set up time max 5 hours

No. of people on tour 4

No. of performers 2

Language options English, Spanish, Finnish

Recommended ages 13+

Touring season Negotiable

Availability for workshops Yes

Don Quixote is adaptable from its duration and intermission to the size of the stage. 

Key personnel 

Directed by Otso Kautto, Timo Ruuskanen & Tuukka Vasama

Original story Miguel de Cervantes

Performers Timo Ruuskanen & Tuukka Vasama

Light & sound design Jere Kolehmainen

Production Niina Bergius, Anna Jauhola & Mika Vainio

Co-production Theatre Quo Vadis, Kuopio City Theatre, Lahti City Theatre, TTT-Theatre (Tampere) and Turku City Theatre




Red Nose Company / Don Quijote / Photo by Cata Portin

Red Nose Company / Don Quijote / Photo by Cata Portin

Red Nose Company / Don Quixote / Photo by Otso Kautto