In the opening scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 1, an underage boy has assumed the throne of England after his father’s recent death. War is waging in neighboring France and English nobles are fighting against each other. In this seldom produced historical account, Shakespeare gathers these plot lines together, creating a powerful story of a country on the brink of a bloody civil war.
Performed in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s one-year-old Englestad Theater on alternating nights, and some matinees, from June 29 through September 6, Henry is one of The Bard’s lesser known plays written between 1590 and 1613. He is believed to have written at least 37 plays in three categories – tragedy, romantic comedy and historical – and collaborated on several more. After centuries of performances, Shakespeare is still considered the world’s most important playwright.
If you are a lover of all things Shakespeare, you’ll want to add an evening – or matinee performance – of Henry to your list of “things to see and do” on your southern Utah vacation. Register online at www.bard.org, then also register online for a week or a month in a comfortable and affordable home-away-from-home. Choose either St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. You’ll find comfortable living spaces, fully stocked kitchens with all appliances; free-use laundry sets in every unit; and resort amenities. We look forward to seeing you.