Shakespeare's Richard II and Henry V — starring Michael Hayden as the title characters — will play in repertory at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC, on a February-April Shakespeare Theatre Company bill called "The Leadership Repertory." Artistic director Michael Kahn will stage Richard II and associate artistic director David Muse will stage Henry V. Richard II will run Feb. 2-April 10, and Henry V will play Feb. 4-April 10. Henry V will open Feb. 16. Richard II will open Feb. 18.
According to STC notes, "Shakespeare imagines the reigns of both Richard II and Henry V as they navigate through era-defining decisions, civil war and the ultimate struggle for power. Exploring the timeless themes of power and politics, these two plays performed in repertory keenly focus their lens on the traits of leadership."
Kahn said in a statement, "We picked two contrasting plays: Richard II, about a leader who is born with power and misuses it, but then as that power is stripped from him learns what it means to be a human being; and Henry V, about a flawed human being who learns what it means to be a great leader."
Hayden previously appeared in the 2008 STC production of The Dog in the Manger and the 1998 production of Sweet Bird of Youth. His Broadway credits include Festen, Henry IV, Carousel, Enchanted April, Judgment at Nuremberg and Cabaret. He was nominated for a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and a Laurence Olivier Award for playing Billy Bigelow in Carousel.
The cast of Richard II also includes Charles Borland as Henry Bolingbroke; Conrad Feininger as Abbot/Captain/Keeper; Philip Goodwin as Gaunt/Gardener; Rachael Holmes as Queen Isabel; Naomi Jacobson as Duchess of York; Stephen Paul Johnson as Ross; Floyd King as Woodstock/Bishop of Carlisle; Dan Kremer as Willoughby; John Lescault as Salisbury; Louis Lotorto as Bagot; Darren Matthias as Mowbray/Scroop; Larry Paulsen as Cheney/Second Gardener/Groom; Robynn Rodriguez as Duchess of Gloucester/Lady; Tom Story as Aumerle; Ted van Griethuysen as Duke of York; Derrick Lee Weeden as Northumberland; Scott Whitehurst as Green with Meredith Burns, Sun King Davis, Joseph Ibanez, Devon Jackson, William Ledent, Jason Marr, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Charlie Francis Murphy, Adam Navarro, Todd Quick, David Joseph Regelmann and Patrick Vaill. The cast of Henry V also includes Charles Borland as Gower; Conrad Feininger as Westmorland; Philip Goodwin as Canterbury/King of France; Rachael Holmes as Princess Katharine; Naomi Jacobson as Mistress Quickly/Queen of France; Stephen Paul Johnson as Fluellen/Bishop of Ely; Floyd King as Bardolph/Burgundy; Dan Kremer as Constable of France; John Lescault as Montjoy; Louis Lotorto as Nym/Rambures; Darren Matthias as Ensign Pistol; Larry Paulsen as Chorus 3; Robynn Rodriguez as Chorus 1/Alice; Tom Story as Dauphin; Ted van Griethuysen as Chorus 2/Erpingham; Derrick Lee Weeden as Exeter; Scott Whitehurst as Michael Williams/Bishop of Norwich with Meredith Burns, Sun King Davis, Joseph Ibanez, Devon Jackson, William Ledent, Jason Marr, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Charlie Francis Murphy, Adam Navarro, Todd Quick, T. Anthony Quinn, David Joseph Regelmann, Jakob Stalnaker and Patrick Vaill.
The design team for Richard II includes set designer Lee Savage, costume designer Jennifer Moeller, lighting designer Mark McCullough, composer and sound designer Martin Desjardins, voice and text coach Ellen O'Brien and fight director Rick Sordelet.
The design team for Henry V includes set designer Lee Savage, costume designer Elizabeth Hope Clancy, lighting designer Mark McCullough, composer Fabian Obispo, sound designer Martin Desjardins, choreographer Daniel Pelzig, voice and text coach Ellen O'Brien, fight director Rick Sordelet and music director George Fulginiti-Shakar.
For more information, call (202) 547-1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.