Michael Hayden Replaces Billy Crudup in Lincoln Center Henry IV

News   Michael Hayden Replaces Billy Crudup in Lincoln Center Henry IV
Michael Hayden has replaced Billy Crudup as Prince Hal in the coming Jack O'Brien staging of Henry IV at Lincoln Center Theater, a spokesman confirmed.

Michael Hayden.
Michael Hayden.

Crudup left for what was described as "personal reasons." Hayden had what remains his most notable role at Lincoln Center—Billy Bigelow in Carousel. He recently acted on Broadway in Enchanted April.

The production's starry cast also includes the previously announced Ethan Hawke as Hotspur, Kevin Kline as Falstaff, Richard Easton as King Henry, Dana Ivey as both Mistress Quickly and Lady Northumberland, and Audra McDonald as Lady Percy.

The ambitious production melds Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 (both circa 1597) into one four-hour experience. Recent Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien will direct. Previews begin Oct. 28.

The works focus on the familial, royal and political conflicts surrounding Henry Bolingbroke, the king, who usurped the crown from Richard II (all detailed in Shakespeare's Richard II). Prince Hal, the king's son, is callow and hangs out with a group of jolly reprobates led by Falstaff, while privately vowing to himself that he will one day mend his ways and assume the throne. Meanwhile, that throne is beset upon from all sides. The greatest threat comes from Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland, and known as Hotspur. He joins forces with leaders in Scotland and Wales in a rash attempt to unseat Henry. The conflict eventually leads to a battle to the death between Hal and Hotspur.

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