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Stratford Library Hosts 'Henry IV' For Final Shakespeare In The Sun

The Hudson Shakespeare Company will presents 'Henry IV' Parts 1 & 2 this weekend at the Stratford Library.
The Hudson Shakespeare Company will presents 'Henry IV' Parts 1 & 2 this weekend at the Stratford Library. Photo Credit: Hudson Shakespeare Company/Facebook

STRATFORD, Conn. — The Hudson Shakespeare Company of New Jersey will perform its final summer Shakespeare production at the Stratford Library with the historical classics "Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2" on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. outside in the library’s amphitheater.

The company returned to Stratford for its 11th annual season in June with a program of three plays.

The fully staged and costumed performance is free and open to the public.

This production, combining both parts of "Henry IV" into one two-hour afternoon, completes the company’s first history cycle which began in June recounting the story of Richard II and how Henry IV took the crown from him in a civil war.

Richard II was followed up in July with a flashback story in Edward III telling the back-story of Richard and Henry’s grandfather, the man who started their dynasty. Now in both parts of Henry IV, Henry is dealing with his own unending civil war and his son Hal who wants nothing to do with him or the crown.

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 library’s air-conditioned Lovell Room.

More information is available at stratfordlibrary.org or 203-385-4162.

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