- By Arlene Winnick
Tom Hanks makes his LA stage debut starring as Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare’s comedy masterpiece, Henry IV. What more can I say except beg, borrow or steal but get a ticket to this limited run at the Japanese Garden on the West LA VA Campus.
Falstaff is considered Shakespeare’s greatest comedic character – and his over the top raucous exploits dubbed him “the villainous and abominable misleader of youth.” The story is an age old tale of fathers, sons, rebellious youth, honor and responsibility. Will the wayward young prince return home and defend the throne or will he be seduced, by the lovable liar and thief Sir John Falstaff, and his fun-loving gang?
Joining Hanks in the production directed by Tony Award winner Dan Sullivan is Hamish Linklater as his ne’er-do-well protégé Prince Hall, Harry Groener as Northumberland, Joe Morton as Henry IV and Rondi Reed as Mistress Quickly.
Not only is the casting so compelling but the Japanese Garden venue is simply a magical setting to watch a performance. Be sure to come early (grounds open at 6:30 pm) and enjoy a pre-show picnic. Note: Alcohol is not permitted on the grounds.
Henry IV is a presented by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and will run for 24 only performances form June 5th to July 1st.
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