Tom Hanks Will Be Falstaff Opposite Rita Wilson in Limited Run of Henry IV

Los Angeles News   Tom Hanks Will Be Falstaff Opposite Rita Wilson in Limited Run of Henry IV
 
Daniel Sullivan will direct the summer staging at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles will return to The Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles VA Campus June 5–July 1 with a new production entitled Henry IV.

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Directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, Henry IV condenses two of Shakespeare's plays: Sullivan has distilled the exploits of Falstaff and his ne’er-do-well protégé Prince Hal from Henry IV Parts One and Two into one evening.

The cast will be headed by Oscar winner Tom Hanks as Falstaff and Rita Wilson, with additional cast members to be announced. Tom Ware is the executive producer.

Opening night is scheduled for July 1.

The Shakespeare Center, in partnership with West LA VA, has also arranged to set aside 2,000 tickets for eligible veterans and active members of the military free of charge.

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Artistic director Ben Donenberg said in a statement, “We’re grateful to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the leaders of the West LA VA for this opportunity to bring our company to the Japanese Garden at the VA…We’re hiring and training 40 veterans to work on this production alongside consummate theater professionals to tell a riveting story about the forging of a Shakespearean hero. We’re proud to bring the vision of one of the American theatre’s most esteemed Broadway directors and the talents of a world-class cast led by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, our long-time supporters, to this very special venue.”

The Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles VA Campus is located at 11301 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. For more information visit shakespearecenter.org.

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