NOTRE DAME – This summer, as the world celebrates the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival celebrates two dates of their own – the 150th anniversary of the first full Shakespeare play produced on campus and the 15th season of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival.
“We’re honoring our 1864 kinsmen by producing ‘Henry IV,’ the same title performed by Notre Dame 150 years ago,” said Grant Mudge, Ryan Producing artistic director for the Festival. A tale of rebels and rebellion, “Henry IV” explores the journey of a prodigal prince torn between two fathers – an ailing king and an errant knave.
“Henry IV,” William Shakespeare’s original game of thrones, will be presented live on stage by NDSF Aug. 19 through 31 at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The Goodman Theatre’s resident artistic associate, Henry Godinez, will perform the title role.
Joining King Henry will be many of Chicago’s actors including Jeff Award-winning actress Peggy Roeder as Mistress Quickly, NDSF alum John Lister as Sir John Falstaff, Neal Moeller as Prince Harry and William Dick as Justice Shallow.
Members of Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Young Company, which is comprised of students from the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, Brandeis University, Butler University, the University of Illinois, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University Bloomington, Northwestern and Purdue University, fill out the cast. Michael Goldberg directs.
Performance dates and times at the Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame are: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 20, 21, 26, 28; 8 p.m. Aug. 22, 23, 29; and 2 p.m. Aug. 23, 24, 27, 29 and Aug. 31. No performance is scheduled for Aug. 30.
Tickets are $12 to $75; under 18 free with paid adult. For tickets, visit performingarts.nd.edu or call 574-631-2800.
According to the press release provided, “The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Notre Dame’s professional theatre in residence, is one component of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, a program that also includes the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and Actors From The London Stage, a professional touring residency experience. The mission of Shakespeare at Notre Dame is to establish the University nationally and internationally as a center for the study of Shakespeare in performance.”
Visit shakespeare.nd.edu to learn more.