Acting Company and Guthrie Will Present Co-Productions of Henry V and The Spy

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The Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company have announced that the two theatre organizations will co-produce a national tour of Henry V.

Davis McCallum will direct the Shakespeare classic, which will tour in repertory with James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy. The latter, a world premiere adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, will be directed by Guthrie associate artistic director, John Miller-Stephany.

Henry V will kick off at Minneapolis' Guthrie for a three-week run, playing Jan. 10-Feb. 1, 2009, before traveling to 34 cities. Henry V will be seen in New York Feb. 25-March 8, 2009, at the New Victory Theatre; The Spy will play New York's Baruch Performing Arts Center May 1-10.

In a statement, Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling said, "It's nearly 20 years since the Guthrie's last production of Henry V. Our audiences will be the first to see this powerful new production before the Company embarks on a national tour."

Acting Company producing artistic director Margot Harley added, "The cast of 12 young actors will include Acting Company alumni as well as graduates of Guthrie's BFA program and Guthrie Experience students. I am so pleased to be collaborating with the Guthrie. Joe Dowling and I share a passion for developing young actors and it will be a thrill to open at their new complex and play this storied theater for three weeks."

The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by Harley and producer and actor John Houseman with Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and others in the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division. Since then it has performed 131 plays to audiences in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. The Acting Company was honored in 2003 with a Tony for Excellence in Theater. Founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, the Guthrie is recognized as an American center for theatre performance, production and professional training. In 1982 the Guthrie received a Tony Award for its outstanding contribution to the American Theater.

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