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Druid Shakespeare: The History Plays

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Must see

About the show

Presented as part of the international Lincoln Center Festival, the Irish Druid Shakespeare Company brings a 17-year span in English history to life through a distinctly Irish lens. More…

Mark O’Rowe’s distillation of 'Richard II,' 'Henry IV' parts I and II, and 'Henry V' into a single, continuous narrative explores the nature of leadership and honor 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.

Member Reviews (7)


Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Must see
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you love Shakespeare and want to see all the history plays in one (or two) fell swoop(s). The gender blind casting works exceptionally well

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or are an absolute purist regarding his works.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant

See it if You love Shakespeare or you are not familiar with Shakespeare. These were the 'easiest' plays to follow text due to editing and performance.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare. You don't like long plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Must see

See it if want to see Shakespeare' history plays present in a most understanding a gripping way.

Don't see it if if you can't handle 7 hours of Shakespeare.

Great singing, Great staging

See it if You into stuff like this

Don't see it if You just not cool enough to

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You love to laugh at smart humor

Don't see it if You need for life to always be serious

Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Magical

Don't see it if Beautiful

Great writing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if 40s and a up would like this show

Don't see it if The time maybe a little shorter

July 13th, 2015
"Audience members lucky enough to catch Mark O’Rowe’s seven-hour adaptation of 'Richard II,' 'Henry IV: Parts I and II' and 'Henry V' are unlikely to catch any skin diseases. They will, however, probably be just as transfixed by these plays as the vividly embodied leading characters are by that h...
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July 13th, 2015
"The show does have strengths, and its clarity alone can be powerful. Without being pandering or simplistic, the production makes the characters and plots accessible. And Hynes comes up with some inspired bits of staging, like her fey, cocky Frenchmen posturing before their big battle against Eng...
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July 12th, 2015
"Each part is ardently acted and eloquently spoken. But it takes patience to experience the chapter that’s most satisfying and transporting...Both parts of 'Henry IV' prove to be largely talky affairs...'DruidShakespeare' begins and ends with arresting images that make a plangent point: As eccent...
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July 13th, 2015
"'Richard II' and 'Henry V' are better than both parts of 'Henry IV,' and the performances are also uneven. Cross-gender casting is an important Shakespeare tradition, but Hynes' decision to use it for only a few of the major roles for no discernible reason is ineffective and self-conscious. Take...
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