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Druid Shakespeare

Richard II, Henry IV (Pts.1 & 2) and Henry V

An epic story of war, family and the making of nations. DruidShakespeare is the story of three men who would be king. It spans decades, chronicles rebellion, breeds armies and witnesses the rise and fall of great men and those who dare oppose them.

Mark O’Rowe’s adaptation preserves the chronology and condenses Richard II, Henry IV (Pts 1 and 2) and Henry V, into one thrilling drama played out over six hours.

Richard, who has been king since he was eleven, is forced to relinquish the crown to his cousin Henry Bollingbroke. Can a man who has been king all his life become just a man? When Bollingbroke is crowned king his throne is threatened while his son Hal drinks and whores with a band of ne’er-do-goods. Hal’s approach to the throne is to ‘busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels’ but will such a political manoeuvre unite or divide the nation?

This is Shakespeare performed at its best with an exceptional cast, inventive staging, thrilling drama and a rousing parade of characters including one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comic creations, Falstaff.

Cast: Clare Barrett, Derbhle Crotty, Gavin Drea, Bosco Hogan, Garrett Lombard, Karen McCartney, Charlotte McCurry, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Aisling O’Sullivan, Marty Rea.

Please note: the performance is 6 hours in length. For further duration information see here.

The performance runs over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are available for both nights, separately so that you can see one or both parts of this epic performance.

Alternatively, you can see the performance in its entirety on Friday and again on Saturday including two intervals and a lunch break.

Druid was the very first company to grace the Hawk’s Well Theatre stage and has since returned many times. On this, their 40th birthday we are delighted and honoured to host an epic new production from one of the world’s great theatre ensembles this summer on. DruidShakespeare will see Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes and an astonishing ensemble of actors bring a 17-year span in English history to life. Mark O’Rowe’s distillation of Shakespeare’s tetralogy into a single, continuous narrative explores the nature of leadership and honour while telling a key story in the making of the English nation - including the ruthless suppression and appropriation of the land, language, and people of Ireland. In this unmissable cycle expect suspense, thrills, history brought to life and most importantly, expect the unexpected!

Director: GARRY HYNES
Associate Director – Design: FRANCIS O’CONNOR
Associate Director – Movement: DAVID BOLGER
Assistant Costume Designer: DOREEN MCKENNA
Lighting Design: JAMES F. INGALLS
Sound Design: GREGORY CLARKE
Music Director: CONOR LINEHAN

*Concession prices not shown above are available from our Box Office in person or at 071-9161518

Watch Marie Mullen's personalised video for Sligo audiences here.

Check out the reviews in from Peter Crawley The Irish Times, Sophie Gorman with the Independent, Emer O'Kelly for the Sunday Indo Living, Michael Billington the Guardian, the Galway Advertiser and Younger Theatre.

'A production that may well turn out to have been one of the resounding successes of an Irish theatrical generation.' Emer O'Kelly Independent

'Druid carve four Shakespeare plays into an epic of regal succession, and drag the kings down with the people where they belong... in O’Rowe’s artful transposition...the people, finally, are its heroes.' The Irish Times

'....a huge achievement, Shakespeare brought to life in a brazenly Irish way that gives the lines fresh meaning and relevance.' Sophie Gorman Independent

'.....back-to-back history plays make exhilarating epic.' The Guardian * * * *

'an exhilarating production . . . the performances throughout are wonderful' - The Galway Advertiser

 'the event is a thundering achievement'... 'ingenious of director Garry Hynes'... 'Druid harnesses the Henriad in its power' - Younger Theatre