History Plays

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

So the history goes in Shakespeare’s three dramas encompassing the life and times of key players in the tumultuous English monarchy from 1398 to 1420: Richard IIHenry IV and Henry V. This dramatic feat marks a historic return for the Guthrie, as these plays were performed in rotating repertory on our stage more than 30 years ago.

Join us for this epic, three-play event and immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s examination of power, those who seek it and those who are destroyed by the brittle glory they crave.

 

"These plays live richly in the Guthrie’s history and memory. This is a once-in-a-generation endeavor, and I’m so glad we’re revisiting these stories."

Joseph Haj, Artistic Director

Richard II

A king becomes a man 

March 23 - May 24

Get Tickets about Richard II

Henry IV

A man becomes a king

March 30 - May 25

Get Tickets about Henry IV

Henry V

A king becomes a hero

April 6 - May 25

Get Tickets about Henry V

Three ways to participate

  • Attend a marathon day: See all three plays on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are limited — please contact the Box Office for details.
  • See all three plays in two days: Join us on select weekend performances: April 27–28, May 3–4, May 10–11, May 24–25.   
  • Pace your performances: Purchase a three-play package and see each play on separate days or weeks.
  • See one or two plays: Choose your favorite monarchs and purchase single tickets.

Immersive events

Marathon days

Join us on a marathon day to view all three History Plays from start to finish. Witness the entire generational struggle for glory, power and redemption in one immersive experience on May 18. Performances are scheduled at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets are limited — please contact the Box Office for details.

Refuel on your History Plays marathon day with a boxed meal from Chowgirls. Options include sandwiches and wellness bowls that cater to a variety of dietary needs. Orders for the May 18 marathon must be placed online by May 12.

In the news

Making history

Go behind the scenes of this once-in-a-generation production and monumental marathon of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Rohan Preston of the Star Tribune.

Read On

 

Photos

Photo: Daniel José Molina, Stephanie Anne Bertumen, Tyler Michaels King, Lanise Antoine Shelley and Jimmy Kieffer in Richard II (Dan Norman)

Photo: William Sturdivant and Tyler Michaels King in Richard II (Dan Norman)

Photo: William Sturdivant and Daniel José Molina in Henry IV (Dan Norman)

Photo: The cast of Henry IV (Dan Norman)

Photo: The cast of Henry V (Dan Norman)

Photo: Tyler Michaels King, Melissa Maxwell, Daniel José Molina, Jimmy Kieffer, and Stephanie Anne Bertumen in Henry V (Dan Norman)

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Producer spotlight

The Guthrie is grateful for the many producers who helped make the History Plays possible, including Leading Producers Dr. Tom Knabel & Kent Allin, Sally & Ernest Lehmann Family Fund in memory of Sally Lehmann and David & Leni Moore. Hear from them personally about why they chose to support this monumental moment at the Guthrie.

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