Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, adapted by Stephanie Shine

Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, adapted by Stephanie Shine

Directed by Amy Attaway

Event Details

Dates: March 30-April 16, 2022
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM (no Saturday matinee on April 2; Added performances on Sunday evening April 3 and Monday night April 11)

Location: Kentucky Shakespeare Headquarters, 616 Myrtle Street, Louisville, KY 40208

Tickets: $20 (plus $2.86 online ticketing fee)

Health and Safety Requirements: Following the example of many other performance venues nationwide, at this time, for this indoor production Kentucky Shakespeare will require audience members to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to create and provide the safest experience for the audience, actors, and crew.  Additional information in “Frequently Asked Questions” below. 

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE*

*During checkout you will also have the option to make a donation. Donate $20 and a limited edition King Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses t-shirt will be waiting for you when you arrive! We will contact you in advance regarding size preference.

As an enticing prelude to the summer 2022 production of Richard III in Central Park, Kentucky Shakespeare presents Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, adapted from Shakespeare by Stephanie Shine, for a limited three-week run inside the Kentucky Shakespeare Headquarters. This marks the first time Kentucky Shakespeare has presented Henry VI, and the following summer production of Richard III will mark the completion of the full history cycle by the company, from 2017’s Richard II through to 2022’s Richard III.

The legacy left by Henry V crumbles under his ineffectual son, as the bloody struggle between the House of York and the House of Lancaster spirals from political unrest to all-out civil war. Follow the famed Wars of the Roses, driven by loyalty and deceit, love and family, and an unfailing ambition to win the throne in this thrilling eight-actor adaptation. The dynamic abridged production spans all three of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, dramatically setting the scene for the final chapter and giving audiences a first glimpse of the ambitious and manipulative character, Duke of Gloucester – soon to become Richard III.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the COVID-19 protocols and requirements?

    Following the example of many other indoor performance venues nationwide, at this time Kentucky Shakespeare will require audience members to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend this production.

    Thank you for your cooperation as we work to create and provide the safest experience for the audience, actors, and crew.

    When you arrive, the front of house staff will check you in and ask each person to present identification and an official COVID-19 vaccination record card, photo copy, or immunization certificate from a healthcare provider OR written proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

    Masks are mandatory while inside but may be removed temporarily while actively drinking a beverage.

    Seating will be limited for this engagement and seats will be spaced at least one foot apart throughout the 5,000 square foot space. All of Kentucky Shakespeare's creative and production team are fully vaccinated and follow recommended health and safety protocols.

    If you are not feeling well on the day of your visit or if you have been ill within fourteen days of your performance date, please stay home. Contact us at info@kyshakespeare.com, and we will do everything we can to assist you with exchanges and refunds.

  • Where is the production?

    The production is at Kentucky Shakespeare's new headquarters, at 616 Myrtle Street, Louisville, KY 40208, one half block from Central Park, across the street from WaterStep.

  • What about parking?

    Kentucky Shakespeare has approximately 15 free parking spots available on the side of the building, and there is also ample free street parking. If parking on the street, out of respect for our neighbors, we ask that you not park in front of the residential buildings on the east end of Myrtle Street. There is ample space for street parking on Myrtle Street in front of Kentucky Shakespeare, Aztec Flooring, and WaterStep, as well as on the Central Park side of 6th Street.

  • How do I get a ticket?

    Ticketing is through Eventbrite and now on sale! If you are having ticketing issues, please email info@kyshakespeare.com. There are only 60 tickets available per performance.

  • How do I get a Henry VI: Wars of the Roses t-shirt?

    During the ticket checkout process, you will be asked if you'd like to make a donation to Kentucky Shakespeare at that time. Donors $20 and above will receive a limited-edition Henry VI: Wars of the Roses t-shirt upon arrival at the performance, with one t-shirt per each $20 donation.

  • Is food and drink available?

    Drinks from our Brown-Forman bar will be available for purchase. Food will not be available at the performance.

  • Is the production suitable for children?

    Info coming soon. For specific show content and questions, please contact the office at info@kyshakespeare.com or 502.574.9900.