STRATFORD, Conn. -- The Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey will perform "Richard II" -- the first of three fully-staged and costumed performances -- at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at the Stratford Library.
Performed outside in the library’s amphitheater, all three performances are free.
In "Richard II," Richard II rules his kingdom without any regard for his subjects except for those sycophants he personally chooses for his inner circle.
While Richard lords over his country with reckless abandon, the seeds of civil war are being sown as the recently banished Henry Bolingbroke returns to England to claim an inheritance taken from him by Richard.
Other Shakespeare performances will be:
- July 30: “Edward III” This drama tells the story of Richard’s grandfather and father, Ned, the Black Prince. Shakespeare wrote several scenes in the play that recently have been added to his complete works.
- Aug. 27: “Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2," which combines both plays into one two-hour showing.
This will be Hudson Shakespeare Company's 11th annual season of classic productions.
Hudson Shakespeare Company is in its 25th season of traveling Shakespeare. Since 1992, the company has produced a wide range of titles from the Bard to modern theater (now more than 100 productions) in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues.
At the Stratford Library, Hudson Shakespeare performances are outside and patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to spread. In the event of inclement weather or extreme heat, the play will move inside to the air-conditioned Lovell Room.
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The Stratford Library is at 2203 Main St.