'An epic story of families, wars and the making of nations'

DruidShakespeare is an epic theatre event that condenses four action-packed plays – Richard II, Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2 ), and Henry V – into one thrilling drama played out over six hours.

Richard II’s story is the loss of innocence. A king since he was a child, when he finds his throne under threat he must consider how a king can become a man and ask himself how such a man can live.

Henry IV’s story is the price of arrogance. Having plucked the crown from his cousin’s head, he divides houses, enrages nobility and jeopardises the loyalty of his own supporters until he has only his family to turn to.

Henry V’s story is a coming-of-age. He squanders his youth with scoundrels and mistresses, but he must face up to his fate as heir to the throne and mend his ways in order to win the hearts and minds of the nobility and unite his country.

Shakespeare’s tales of ambition, destruction, responsibility and rebellion are performed with an exceptional cast, live music, thrilling dramatic moments and a rousing parade of characters including one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic creations, Falstaff.

Winner at Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Best Production

Best Director - Garry Hynes

Best Actress - Derbhle Crotty

Best Actor - Marty Rea

Best Costume Design - Francis O'Connor and Doreen McKenna


Cast - Richard II

  • King Richard II Marty Rea
  • John of Gaunt, Glendower, Bishop of Carlisle, Gardener Bosco Hogan
  • Aumerle Gavin Drea
  • Bagot Rory Nolan
  • Bolingbroke Derbhle Crotty
  • Mowbray, Worcester, Exton Aaron Monaghan
  • Scroop Karen McCarthy
  • York John Olohan
  • Queen Isabel Charlotte McCurry
  • Hotspur Garrett Lombard
  • Northumberland Marie Mullen
  • Servant to the Gardener, Keeper Clare Barrett

Cast - Henry IV part one

  • King Henry IV Derbhle Crotty
  • Westmoreland Bosco Hogan
  • Falstaff Rory Nolan
  • Poins, Vernon Gavin Drea
  • Northumberland, the Lord Chief Justice Marie Mullen
  • Worcester Aaron Monaghan
  • Hotspur Garrett Lombard
  • Bardolph Clare Barrett
  • Mistress Quickly, Douglas John Olohan
  • John of Lancaster Karen McCarthy
  • Francois Marty Rea
  • Hal Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Blunt, Peto Charlotte McCurry

Cast - Henry IV part two

  • Northumberland, the Lord Chief Justice, Silence Marie Mullen
  • Poins, Gloucester Gavin Drea
  • Falstaff Rory Nolan
  • Boy, John of Lancaster Karen McCarthy
  • Doll Tearsheet, Clarence Charlotte McCurry
  • Francois Marty Rea
  • Bardolph Clare Barrett
  • Hal / King Henry V Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Mistress Quickly, Warwick John Olohan
  • Pistol Aaron Monaghan
  • Shallow Bosco Hogan
  • King Henry IV Derbhle Crotty
  • Bullcalf Garrett Lombard

Henry V

  • Chorus, Pistol, Dauphin Aaron Monaghan
  • King Henry V Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Exeter Marie Mullen
  • Westmoreland, Charles VI Bosco Hogan
  • Archbishop of Canterbury, Constable of France Marty Rea
  • Fluellen, Grandpré Garrett Lombard
  • Nym, Monsieur Le Fer Charlotte McCurry
  • Bardolph Clare Barrett
  • Mistress Quickly, Governor of Harfleur John Olohan
  • Boy, Bates, Salisbury Karen McCarthy
  • Cambridge, Gower, Orleans Rory Nolan
  • Gloucester, Rambures, Williams Gavin Drea
  • Montjoy Derbhle Crotty

Creative Team

  • Director Garry Hynes
  • Adapted by Mark O'Rowe
  • Associate Director – Design Francis O'Connor
  • Associate Director – Movement David Bolger
  • Co-Costume Designer Doreen McKenna
  • Lighting Design James F. Ingalls
  • Sound Design Gregory Clarke
  • Music Conor Linehan
  • Dramaturg Thomas Conway
  • Voice Coach Andrew Wade
  • Fight Director Donal O'Farrell

Production Team

  • General Manager Sarah Lynch
  • Production Associate Craig Flaherty
  • Production Manager Eamonn Fox
  • Technical Manager Barry O'Brien
  • Company Stage Manager Paula Tierney
  • Stage Manager Clare howe
  • Assistant Stage Manager Richie O'Sullivan
  • Assistant Stage Manager (Intern) Aiden Doheny
  • Wardrobe Mistress Amanda Donovan
  • Wardrobe Assistant Jingyi Zhang
  • Wigs and Make Up Val Sherlock
  • Master Carpenter Gus Dewer
  • Chief Electrician Shannon Light
  • Production Sound Engineer Mike Nestor
  • Set Construction TPS/Rynn Engineering / Druid
  • Scenic Painter Dymphna Tate
  • Tour Carpenter Pete Neilson
  • Crew Frank Commins, Gerry Mallon, Keith Newman, Paul O'Connor, Alan Cuddy
  • Transport Trevor Price
  • Specialist Props Bill Wright, Marcus Molloy, Matthew Guinane
  • Publicist Kate Bowe
  • Graphic Design Bite! Associates
  • Publicity Image Photography Matthew Thompson
  • Cast Portrait Photography Reg Gordan
  • Online Video Content Bold.ie
  • Mick Lally Theatre, Galway: Venue Manager Aoife Qualter
  • Box Office Andrea Healy