Druid Shakespeare: The History Plays
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Druid Shakespeare: The History Plays

Druid Shakespeare: The History Plays NYC Reviews and Tickets

(7 Ratings)
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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.

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140 Reviews | 33 Followers
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.

154 Reviews | 20 Followers
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.

45 Reviews | 64 Followers
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.

7 Reviews | 2 Followers
Great singing, Great staging

See it if You into stuff like this

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

2 Reviews | 2 Followers
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

1 Review | 0 Followers
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

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Magical

Don't see it if Beautiful

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
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 hollow but reverberant crown...The sum effect here is not distorting but illuminating, setting off a steady chorus of 'Eurekas' in your head. I’ve never before found these plays so easy to follow or so gripping."
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New York Daily News
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 eccentric, ego-mad and empire-building kings keep busy, gravediggers do, too."
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New York Post
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 England in 'Henry V.' But despite its scope, too much of the show just ambles along. The ambition is there, but not the raging sweep."
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AM New York
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. Taken as a whole, 'DruidShakespeare' is a valuable opportunity to experience the four history plays as a coherent, extended narrative in chronological order."
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On Stage Blog
July 11th, 2015

"O’Rowe’s work is thoughtful with a clear and precise sense of progression. The text has been judiciously cut, countering the understandable awareness of timing and length with a satisfying balance of the loaded and the light-hearted...A seriously powerful production that will no doubt change the way Shakespeare is approached. The real treat is in the conception: an Irish company performing the Henriad has an irony that gently underscores the entire production - if not glaringly highlighted or toyed with, its Irishisms are in its veins - in its comedy, its heart, and on the very soil it is played on. "
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The Guardian (UK)
May 19th, 2015
For a previous production

"It leaves one exhilarated rather than exhausted...Seeing the plays in quick succession, one also grasps the instability of power, which is no sooner gained than threatened. Overwhelmingly, the production also shows how Shakespeare’s kings constantly use divine authority to mask temperamental flaws...Entering the theatre at five, we emerged in time to hear the chimes at midnight – but the long haul was eminently well rewarded."
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A Younger Theatre
May 20th, 2015
For a previous production

"An adaptation that Hynes, extraordinarily, stages with sustained pace and rigour...As a whole, the event is a thundering achievement in ownership of Shakespeare’s histories, not just in terms of craft but also in a sense of Irish authorship...'Druid' harnesses the Henriad in its power not to debase but to challenge the hierarchy. Irish artists have been too long hesitant to touch this epic for the difficult colonial history between nations, a resistance that now feels triumphantly overcome."
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Irish Times
May 18th, 2015
For a previous production

"There’s nothing quite as beautiful, or as torturous, as the crown of England we see in Druid’s remarkable staging of Shakespeare’s 'Henriad', its four plays carved into a lean and propulsive telling by Mark O’Rowe. Francis O’Connor’s creation is emblematic of his industrial and earthy set and, you feel, the entire undertaking: a garland of gilded roses held within a golden crown of thorns."
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