(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/1; via Pam Green.)

On Tuesday at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Druid Theater Company, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed troupes, will sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings. A lot of stories. A lot of kings. A very particular ground.

DruidShakespeare: The History Plays follows DruidMurphy (2012), a three-play cycle centered on emigration by the somewhat neglected Irish writer Tom Murphy, and DruidSynge (2005), a wildly admired series of six plays by J. M. Synge. It condenses four Shakespeare histories (“Richard II,” “Henry IV, Part 1,” “Henry IV, Part 2” and “Henry V”), known collectively as the Henriad, into a seven-hour marathon performance.


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