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Henry 6
Two: Riot and Reckoning

July 09 - September 15

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

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The cast of Henry 6, 2024. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

Henry 6 Two: Riot and Reckoning
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Summary

July 9 – September 15, 2024

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

World premiere adaptation
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Barry Edelstein

A once-in-a-generation event comes to San Diego in 2024: The Old Globe becomes one of only a small handful of theatres in the country’s history to complete Shakespeare’s canon with the two-part Henry 6, the largest Shakespeare production the Globe has ever presented.

In Two: Riot and Reckoning, England descends into a bloody civil war. The York family is intent on overthrowing King Henry VI and claiming the throne for themselves. King Henry’s side, the House of Lancaster, refuses to give up the crown without a fight. Though the king himself prefers his books to the battlefield, Queen Margaret proves to be a fierce warrior, and the people of England clamor for change as leaders on both sides jockey for position and battle for power. The Wars of the Roses pit family against family in a cruel campaign that turns England upside down. Who will come out on top?

Acclaimed Shakespeare director and the Globe’s Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein turns the rarely produced Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III into a thrilling two-part event, running simultaneously through the summer in our beautiful outdoor theatre. These adaptations include everything people love about the Bard—ingenious language, vibrant characters, breathtaking battles, and sweeping crowd scenes—as they explore the impact of national politics on individual lives. And the action is framed by a design team working at the very top of their craft, and a sprawling cast of professional actors and local community members.

The Old Globe is celebrating this historic milestone with a yearlong program of citywide arts engagement and humanities events that bring audiences closer to the art than ever before, including opportunities for San Diegans to participate in the making of the production itself. It is an event that simply cannot be missed!

This production includes violence.

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Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Wednesday, July 31; Wednesday, August 14; and Tuesday, August 27.

Henry 6 is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation.

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Henry 6 is supported by lead production sponsors Kathryn Hattox Charitable Trust; Jeannie Polinsky Rivkin Artistic Fund; Jean and Gary Shekhter; Darlene Marcos Shiley, in memory of Donald Shiley; The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund; production sponsors Hal and Pam Fuson, Vicki and Carl Zeiger; and artist sponsors Richard and Jennifer Greenfield (for costume designer David Israel Reynoso) and Deborah A. and David A. Hawkins (for scenic designer Lawrence E. Moten III).

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Visit www.calhum.org.

Henry 6 – One: Flowers and France

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