RSC to Broadcast HENRY IV Parts 1, 2 & THE GENTLEMEN OF VERONA as Part of Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Summer 2014

RSC to Broadcast HENRY IV Parts 1, 2 & THE GENTLEMEN OF VERONA as Part of Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Summer 2014

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran has announced the company's Summer 2014 season in Stratford-upon-Avon with three early titles in the Company's six year journey across Shakespeare's entire First Folio of 36 plays. They are Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. They will be shot for broadcast as part of "Live from Stratford-upon-Avon," a program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company from Shakespeare's home town around the world through a continued partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment. This year also marks the 450th anniversary year of Shakespeare's birth.

These broadcasts follow on the success of Doran's production of William Shakespeare's Richard II with David Tennant which was seen by 130,00 people in 14 countries. These three productions can be seen from June-October 2014 in North America. There will be Richard II revival screenings at 45 cinemas across the US in May and June.

Gregory Dorin will direct Henry IV Parts I & II in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with Antony Sher playing the infamous knight Falstaff alongside Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.

Watch Antony Sher speak about his role as Falstaff HERE. Interviews with all the characters in Henry IV will be added in the coming months.

The productions will be shot and broadcast as below:

Henry IV Part I
Captured live Wednesday May 14, 2014
Exclusive dates in US Cinemas June 3 - July 3, 2014

Henry IV Part II
Captured live Wednesday June 18, 2014
Exclusive dates in US Cinemas July 5 - August 4, 2014

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Captured live Wednesday September 3, 2014
Exclusive dates in US Cinemas September 20 - October 20, 2014

Henry IV Part I cast includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Jasper Britton (King Henry IV); Antony Byrne (Worcester); Sean Chapman (Northumberland/Earl of Douglas); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Gadshill); Nia Gwynne (Lady Mortimer); Alex Hassell (Prince Hal); Jim Hooper (Sir Richard Vernon); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Traveller); Joshua Richards (Bardolph/Glendower); Antony Sher (Sir John Falstaff); Simon Thorp (Sir Walter Blunt); Trevor White (Hotspur) and Simon Yadoo (Chamberlain).

Henry IV Part II cast includes: Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Prince John/Francis); Martin Bassindale (Peto); Jasper Britton (King Henry IV); Antony Byrne (Pistol); Sean Chapman (Northumberland); Oliver Ford Davies (Shallow); Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly); Jonny Glynn (Warwick); Nia Gwynne (Doll Tearsheet); Alex Hassell (Prince Hal); Jim Hooper (Silence); Youssef Kerkour (Westmoreland); Sam Marks (Poins); Keith Osborn (Scroop); Leigh Quinn (Wart); Joshua Richards (Bardolph); Antony Sher (Sir John Falstaff); Simon Thorp (Lord Chief Justice); Trevor White (Mowbray) and Simon Yadoo (Lord Bardolph).

Several of the cast and all of the creative team for these productions were also part of Doran's recent production of Richard II. The production is designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Tim Mitchell. The music is composed by Paul Englishby with sound by Martin Slavin. The Movement director is Mike Ashcroft and the Fight director is Terry King.

These two productions will be joined in July by The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's early exuberant romantic comedy about friendship and betrayal, directed by Simon Godwin who is an Associate Director at the Royal Court and at Bristol Old Vic.

The productions will then tour the UK before transferring to the Barbican theatre in London from 29 November 2014 -24 January 2015.

For cinema listings and booking visit http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/ to sign up for updates and follow the creation of the production online in the run up to the screening.

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