Henry VIII now in previews at the Stratford Festival

Martha Henry directs Jonathan Goad in title role

MAY 8 – OCTOBER 20; OPENS MAY 29 AT STUDIO THEATRE

Stratford, ON… Henry VIII, Shakespeare’s thrilling drama about a pivotal moment in history, is now in previews at the Studio Theatre. The production officially opens on Wednesday, May 29, and early demand for tickets has led to an extended run until October 20.

Church and state collide when England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon, and marry the young, beautiful Anne Boleyn. The consequences will be epochal for the country – and calamitous for the king’s adviser, Cardinal Wolsey, who has been playing a dangerous game of his own.

Directed by Martha Henry, the production stars Jonathan Goad in the title role, with Rod Beattie as Cardinal Wolsey, Alexandra Lainfiesta as Anne Boleyn and Irene Poole as Queen Katherine.

Artistic credits include Designer Francesca Callow, Lighting Designer Louise Guinand, Composer and Sound Designer Keith Thomas, Fight Director Anita Nittoly and Movement Director Valerie Moore.

“When Antoni Cimolino and I discussed the possibility of me directing Henry VIII, it was one of the few plays of Shakespeare I had never been involved with,” says Henry, who is celebrating a remarkable 45 seasons at the Festival this year. “I knew it had been produced here only three times during the seven decades of the Festival’s history – and the only thing I knew about Henry VIII was that he had six wives, and I was pretty sure he had killed them all. What a beginning. I began to read. And I fell into one of the most romantic, brutal, political, revolutionary and fascinating periods in English history.”

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has programmed Henry VIII with a companion piece, the world première of Kate Hennig’s Mother’s Daughter, which examines the life of Henry and Katherine’s daughter, Mary.

“Both of these plays focus strongly on the roles of women in the kind of boundary-breaking that can shape history,” says Cimolino, reflecting on this season’s theme of Breaking Boundaries. “In Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon comes from a long line of royals. Henry truly loves her, as the bride of his youth, but he needs to take the world in another direction in order to achieve his goals. Her influence over Henry and the future of England was monumental – and her influence is also strongly felt in the final installment of Kate Hennig’s Queenmaker trilogy, in which we will see Katherine’s child, Mary, breaking boundaries in her own ways.”

For a deeper look into the life of Anne Boleyn, join members of the company in a dramatic reading of Howard Brenton’s Anne Boleyn, as part of the Forum’s WordPlay series (September 19).

For tickets and a full list of the Forum events offered almost every day throughout the season, please visit: stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/TheForum.

Support for WordPlay is generously provided by The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation.

Support for the Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and The T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

Production support for Henry VIII is generously provided by Jack Whiteside.

Support for the 2019 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.

HENRY VIII

By William Shakespeare
May 8 – October 20; opens Wednesday, May 29

Studio Theatre, 34 George Street East, Stratford, Ontario

Tickets: $35 to $150

stratfordfestival.ca

Box office: 1-800-567-1600

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Surveyor, Griffith, Dr. Butts………………………………………… Shelly Antony

Cardinal Wolsey…………………………………………………………. Rod Beattie

Duke of Suffolk…………………………………………………………. Wayne Best

Duke of Buckingham………………………………………………….. Tim Campbell

Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln…………………. John Dolan

Patience Maria and Marchioness of Dorset…………………….. Jacklyn Francis

Guard……………………………………………………………………….. Danny Ghantous

King Henry VIII………………………………………………………… Jonathan Goad

Sergeant…………………………………………………………………….. Jordin Hall

First Gentleman and Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury.. Brad Hodder

Duchess of Norfolk…………………………………………………….. Kim Horsman

Sir Henry Guildford……………………………………………………. Andrew Iles

Second Gentleman and Cardinal Campeius……………………. Ron Kennell

Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester……………………………………. Qasim Khan

Anne Boleyn……………………………………………………………… Alexandra Lainfiesta

Sandys, Lord Chancellor……………………………………………… Roy Lewis

Queen Katherine………………………………………………………… Irene Poole

Earl of Surrey…………………………………………………………….. Jake Runeckles

Lord Chamberlain………………………………………………………. Stephen Russell

Jane Seymour…………………………………………………………….. Oksana Sirju

Duke of Norfolk…………………………………………………………. Scott Wentworth

Sir Thomas Lovell………………………………………………………. Rylan Wilkie

ARTISTIC CREDITS

Director…………………………………………………………………….. Martha Henry

Designer……………………………………………………………………. Francesca Callow

Lighting Designer……………………………………………………….. Louise Guinand

Composer and Sound Designer…………………………………….. Keith Thomas

Fight Director…………………………………………………………….. Anita Nittoly

Movement Director…………………………………………………….. Valerie Moore

Producer……………………………………………………………………. David Auster

Casting Director…………………………………………………………. Beth Russell

Creative Planning Director…………………………………………… Jason Miller

Assistant Director……………………………………………………….. Ash Knight

Assistant Costume Designer………………………………………… Julia Holbert

Assistant Lighting Designer…………………………………………. Alia Stephen

Stage Manager……………………………………………………………. Ann Stuart

Assistant Stage Managers……………………………………………. Alice Ferreyra, Gregory McLaughlin,

Melissa Veal

Production Assistant…………………………………………………… Emma Slunt

Production Stage Managers…………………………………………. Marie Fewer-Muncic, Kim Lott,

Maxwell T. Wilson

Technical Director………………………………………………………. Sean Hirtle

The Stratford Festival’s 2019 season runs until November 3, featuring Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry VIII, Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Private Lives, The Neverending Story, Mother’s Daughter, Nathan the Wise, The Front Page, The Crucible and Birds of a Kind.

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