DruidShakespeare at the Lime Tree this summer

Aisling O'Sullivan in DruidShakespeare, the theatre company's adaptation of four of the Bard's famous plays, touring to Limerick in June. Picture: Matthew Thompson
DRUID Theatre Company return to the Lime Tree Theatre this June as part of the national tour of its Shakespeare adaptation by playwright Mark O’Rowe.

DRUID Theatre Company return to the Lime Tree Theatre this June as part of the national tour of its Shakespeare adaptation by playwright Mark O’Rowe.

The much anticipated DruidShakepeare - a co-production with Lincoln Center Festival - sees Druid tour Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V stitched together for six hour marathon performances, playing in Limerick from June 23-27.

“DruidShakespeare is an exploration of English history through an Irish lens,” says a spokesperson of the play, directed by Garry Hynes.

“As Shakespeare was writing Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2), and Henry V English forces were being sent to Ireland to quell rebellions and these expeditions are referred to throughout the plays.”

O’Rowe has worked to distill the narratives of these four works into a unified dramatic action, removing ancillary characters and streamlining the narrative to harness the drama of these epic works.

A 13 strong cast, including members of the Druid Ensemble, will perform the piece.

Druid have been to the Lime Tree twice in as many years, with Boucicault’s The Colleen Bawn last year and DruidMurphy in 2013. See www.limetreetheatre.ie.