Druid Shakespeare - thrilling drama at the Hawk’s Well

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An epic story of war, family and the making of nations, Druid Shakespeare is the story of three men who would be king. It spans decades, chronicles rebellion, breeds armies and witnesses the rise and fall of great men and those who dare oppose them.

An epic story of war, family and the making of nations, Druid Shakespeare is the story of three men who would be king. It spans decades, chronicles rebellion, breeds armies and witnesses the rise and fall of great men and those who dare oppose them.

Mark O’Rowe’s adaptation preserves the chronology and condenses Richard II, Henry IV (Pts 1 and 2) and Henry V, into one thrilling drama played out over six hours.

Richard, who has been king since he was 11, is forced to relinquish the crown to his cousin Henry Bollingbroke. Can a man who has been king all his life become just a man? When Bollingbroke is crowned king his throne is threatened while his son Hal drinks and whores with a band of ne’er-do-goods. Hal’s approach to the throne is to ‘busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels’ but will such a political manoeuvre unite or divide the nation?

This is Shakespeare performed at its best with an exceptional cast, inventive staging, thrilling drama and a rousing parade of characters including one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comic creations, Falstaff.

The performance runs over two days on Tuesday, June 9 (Part 1) and Wednesday, June 10 (Part 2), starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available for both nights, or separately so that you can see one or both parts of this epic performance.

Alternatively, you can see the performance in its entirety on Friday, June 12 and again on Saturday, June 13 - including two intervals and a lunch break.

Druid was the very first company to grace the Hawk’s Well Theatre stage and has since returned many times. On this, their 40th birthday they are delighted and honoured to host an epic new production from one of the world’s great theatre ensembles this summer on.

Contact the Box Office in person or at 071-9161518 to secure your tickets.Tickets are €60/52conc for the full performances on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 and €30/26conc if just taking in one of the parts on Tuesday, June 9 or Wednesday, June 10.