Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, adapted by Stephanie Shine
Dates: March 30-April 16, 2022
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM (No performance Wednesday, April 6)
Location: Inside Kentucky Shakespeare Headquarters, 616 Myrtle Street, Louisville, KY 40208
Tickets: $20 (plus $2.86 online ticketing fee)
*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. (We are currently out of Large size V-Neck and Extra Large size Crew Neck shirts.)
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.
Directed by Amy Attaway
Lighting Designers: Jesse AlFord and Lindsay Krupski
Scenic Designer: Eric Allgeier
Costume Designer: Donna Lawrence-Downs
Sound Designer: Laura Ellis
Fight Choreographer: Eric Frantz
Stage Manager: Clare Hagan
Sound Engineer: Victoria Campbell
Light Board Operator: Lindsay Krupski
Duke of Exeter/Edward of York: Jon Huffman
Duke of York/Prince Edward: David Hussey
Queen Margaret/Sir Lucy: Abigail Bailey Maupin
Suffolk/Buckingham/King of France/Clifford: Gregory Maupin
Joan of Arc/Warwick/Dick the Butcher: Mollie Murk
Somerset/Young Clifford: BeeBee Patillo
Richard of York/Jack Cade/Reignier: Neill Robertson
Henry VI/Alason: Shaquille Towns
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the COVID-19 protocols and requirements?
Health and Safety Requirements: Following the example of many other performance venues nationwide, and due to the close proximity to actors and intimate audience setting for Henry VI, for this indoor production Kentucky Shakespeare will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and request that audience members wear a mask during the performance. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.574.9900.