Trinity Rep Combines Shakespeare's Kings In The Henriad; Three-Play Cycle Begins Oct. 5

News   Trinity Rep Combines Shakespeare's Kings In The Henriad; Three-Play Cycle Begins Oct. 5
Trinity Repertory Theatre of Providence, Rhode Island begins its epic Shakespeare undertaking The Henriad, Shakespeare's Kings, a three-play cycle of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V performed in rep, Oct. 5.

The three works in rotation will perform at the company's Dowling Theater for a run currently slated through December 19.

Using the same set and company of actors, the classic tales of monarchs, fathers and sons and the struggle for power comes to life through directors Kevin Moriarty (Richard II), Amanda Dehnert (Henry IV) and Trinity Rep artistic director Oskar Eustis (Henry V).

"This is the largest and most exciting project we’ve ever undertaken, by the greatest playwright the world has ever known," stated Eustis in a release. "I have wanted to do these plays for years, have studied them, watched many productions, worked on individual plays in the group, and have always been fascinated by the sophistication and complexity with which Shakespeare examines his true subject – the nature of leadership. This is an election-year natural: the fall of 2004 couldn’t be a more exciting time to talk about it." 

The cast of sixteen portray multiple roles in the three productions, their roles often carrying over into more than one of the stagings including such characters as Westmoreland, Northumberland, Bardolph and the title role of Hal/Henry. The actors featured are Drew Battles, Angela Brazil, Noah Brody, Joanna Cole, Timothy Crowe,  William Damkoehler, David Hanbury, Mauro Hantman, Brian McEleney, Barbara Meek, Anne Scurria, Fred Sullivan, Jr., Stephen Thorne, Rachael Warren, Miriam Silverman and Ben Steinfeld

The design team includes Michael McGarty (set), John Ambrosone (lighting), William Lane (costumes) and Peter Hurowitz (sound). Craig Handel handles fight choreography.  Trinity Rep's 41st season also includes Ain’t Misbehavin’ (through Oct. 10), Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog, Chris Bayes' staging of The Moliere Impromptu adapted by of Rinne Groff, the world premiere of Charles Strouse's new musical You Never Know and The Buz’Gem Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor.

Tickets to The Henriad at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street in Providence, RI by calling (401) 351-4242. For more information, visit Trinity Rep online at


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