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. – Finnish newspaper
Outstanding, multi-layered, entertaining – Spectator
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.
Running time at full length 120 minutes
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.
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
on tour for families