Friday, 15 August 2014

Cynthia Erivo & Jackie Clune join Harriet Walter in all-female Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse

It has been announced that Cynthia Erivo and Jackie Clune will star alongside Harriet Walter in an all-female production of Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse. The production runs between 3rd October and 29th November 2014.

The cast also includes Elizabeth Chan, Shiloh Coke, Karen Dunbar, Zainab Hasan, Jennifer Joseph, Ann Ogbomo, Katie Robinson and Sharon Rooney.

In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Julius Caesar at the Donmar placed the play in a women’s prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of ‘who owns Shakespeare?’ In the schools workshops around the production, teachers heard one girl speak in public for the first time. It couldn’t end there.

Henry IV marks the return of Phyllida Lloyd, the reunion of the director with Harriet Walter and the second instalment in what will be a trilogy of works at the Donmar from these major artists.

What makes a king? What makes a father? Shakespeare’s monumental history play travels to the heart of family, duty and country.

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