The Antaeus Company’s 2015 Season to Open with Henry IV Part I

AntaeusThe Antaeus Company has announced three productions for 2015 beginning with Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. Directed by Michael Murray, Henry IV, Part I will run March 12 – May 3, with previews beginning March 5. Shakespeare’s growing-up tale of a young man caught between the joys of hanging around London pubs with the drunken and immoral Falstaff, and taking his rightful place beside his father as a prince fighting to maintain the crown amidst civil war, is part comedy and part tragedy. From drunken revelry to the bloody battlefield, this engaging tale of fathers and sons remains one of Shakespeare’s most exciting histories.

“Opening the new season in March, Henry IV, Part I sets up a coming of age theme that is pervasive in all three plays,” suggest Antaeus co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup, Rob Nagle and John Sloan. “As Antaeus itself continues to grow and change, these questions resonate with us, and we think they will resonate with our audience, too.”  More


Sunday Shakespeare at The Crest in Westwood

Crest Henry IV PT 1
Throughout the summer, The Crest theatre in Westwood will be offering live broadcasts of Shakespeare performed at Stratford-upon-Avon. Upcoming dates include:

Sunday, June 8th & 15th 4:20 pm: HENRY IV PART 1 starring Jasper Britton

Sunday, July 6th & 13th. 4:20 pm: HENRY IV PART 2 starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

If you are interested in this unique event, they also offer 25% per show, 50% every two shows, or even 100% off by joining the Crest Culture membership.

The Crest theatre is located at 1262 Westwood Blvd, 90024 Los Angeles. For more information call The Crest at (310) 470-1508 or go to

Sons of Renowned Latino Writer/Director Luis Valdez to Star in EL HENRY

Kinan Valdez cLa Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its upcoming Without Walls production of El Henry, adapted from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One by Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza, directed by San Diego REPertory Theatre artistic director Sam Woodhouse. Presented in association with San Diego REP, El Henry will run June 14 – 29 (press opening: Friday, June 20 at 7:30 pm) at SILO, in the vibrant new East Village neighborhood of Makers Quarter.

Lakin ValdezLeading the cast will be Kinan Valdez (above left) as El Bravo and Lakin Valdez (right) as El Henry, sons of internationally-renowned writer and director Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit, La Bamba), along with playwright Herbert Siguenza as Fausto. The cast also features Parnia Ayari as Mayan/Smokie, Leandro Cano as Sir Blunt, Roxanne Carrasco as Chiqui/Mayor Villa Allegre, Victor Contreras as Thomas/Police Chief, William Thomas Hodgson as Johnny, Jyl Haruye Kaneshiro as Lil Gus/Reporter, Salomon Maya as Navarro/El Mago, Robert Milz as Tixoc/Locos R Us/City Suit/Mexiclop, John Padilla as El Hank, Dave Rivas as Duke of Earl/Ojo, Jorge Rodgriguez as Soto Boy/Mexiclop/Mr. V/Wizard and Bianca Sanchez as Preciosa/La Gata.  More

Herbert Siguenza’s Adaptation of Henry IV, Part One To Be Performed at SILO

El Henry
La Jolla Playhouse has announced that the next production in its site-based theatre series, Without Walls (WoW), will be El Henry, written by and starring Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza, directed by San Diego REPertory Theatre artistic director Sam Woodhouse. It is presented in association with San Diego REP and will run June 14 – 29 at SILO in downtown San Diego’s Makers Quarter.

“While the central idea of Without Walls is about exploring new theatrical forms by moving beyond the traditional four walls of a theatre, we’ve found over the past several years that WoW is just as much about collaboration,” said Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley. “Partnering with new theatres, artists and communities has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the program, and we’re eager to join with San Diego REP and Makers Quarter to mount Herbert’s visceral new site-based piece.”  More

Santa Clarita’s Free Shakespeare Festival Opens with a Special Dinner with Henry


Summer is here and that means it’s time for Free Shakespeare in the park with the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival. This summer’s production is Henry IV part I and marks the fourth season at the Rivendale site in Towsley Canyon.

Henry IV offers so much more to audiences than just political machinations, and battles,” says Steve Whelan, director for the production. “It is also a family drama about Henry and his libertine heir Prince Hal who (often comically) has been led astray by the bumbling but paradoxically brilliant Sir John Falstaff.”

“It is a story audiences are familiar with and can related to,” say David Stears, producing artistic director for the company. “A father builds an empire, and wants his son to inherit it, but the son is off sowing his oats. Eventually he returns and becomes the leader he was meant to be.”

Performances are Saturdays and Sundays through July: 13, 14, 20, 21, and August 3 and 4th. All performances begin at 7 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair, a picnic and the family, and enjoy a wonderful production under the stars at the Rivendale site in Towlsey Canyon. You may want to bring a sweater, it can get chilly when the sun sets. Wine is available at the performances.

SCSF is also offering a special Dinner with Henry on Friday July 12th, 6:30 – 10:00 pm which will include Dinner, Wine, Dessert, and a special preview of Henry IV part I. Meet the director, cast, designers and crew, that makes it all possible. Dinner is provided by Outback Steakhouse, Valencia.

This is the second annual special preview dinner and performance of the summer Shakespeare in the Park series. All proceeds benefit the free Shakespeare in the Park performances. If you are unable to attend this year’s fundraising event, you can make a donation and support the free Shakespeare in the Park performances by clicking HERE.

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