Stacy Keach to Play Falstaff in Henry IV at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Complete Cast Announced

By Carey Purcell
28 Feb 2014

Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
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Shakespeare Theatre Company will present Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, with Stacy Keach starring as Falstaff, beginning March 25.

Performances of the two plays will continue through June 8 in the Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. 

Directed by STC artistic director Michael Kahn, the cast includes Edward Gero (Red, "House of Cars") as King Henry IV, Matthew Amendt (Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V) as Prince Hal, Bev Appleton as Justice Silence/Gower, Brad Bellamy as Bardolph, Kelley Curran as Lady Percy, Aaron Gaines as Edmund Mortimer/Lord Hastings/Ensemble, Chris Genebach as Sir Richard Vernon/Gadshill/Fang, Rhett Henckel as Archibald, Earl of Douglas/Mowbray, John Keabler as Henry Percy (Hotspur)/Sir John Coleville, Maggie Kettering as Doll Tearsheet/Ensemble, Kevin McGuire as Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland/Earl of Warwick, Steve Pickering as Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester/Pistol, Jude Sandy as Ned Poins, Joel David Santner as Sir Walter Blount/Lord Russel, Kate Skinner as Mistress Quickly, Patrick Vaill as Prince JohnLancaster, Ted van Griethuysen as Owen Glendower/Justice Shallow, Craig Wallace as Earl of Westmoreland and Derrick L. Weeden as Lord Chief Justice.

The company also includes Julia Brandeberry, Michael Crowley, Luis Alberto Gonzalez, Max Jackson, Matthew McGee, Ade Otukoya, Alex Piper, Jack Powers, Brendon Schaefer, Vanessa Sterling and Nathan Winkelstein.



"Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 show us great kings and mighty warriors, but they also vividly portray the common man and woman," press notes state. "Functioning as a family drama of unusual intimacy and a grand portrait of regional and political differences throughout England, the plays evoke a fully realized world. In Part 1, Shakespeare tracks the education of the young Prince Hal across three wildly different realms: the Eastcheap tavern of Sir John Falstaff, the royal court of his father King Henry IV and the battlefield of Shrewsbury on which he faces his foe and rival, the chivalrous Hotspur. These three worlds, and their representative leaders, coexist and collide in the play, to a thrilling and virtuosic effect. Part 2, less commonly performed than its more famous predecessor, reworks the same three-world structure with deepening symbolism to depict the death of an old order and the birth of a new one."

Keach, a Tony Award nominee for Indians, has performed on Broadway in Other Desert Cities, The Kentucky Cycle, Solitary Confinement and Deathtrap. The Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner's film work includes "American History X," "Fat City" and "The Bourne Legacy."

"There are many colors to Falstaff in every scene, and I can't think of anyone better to play Falstaff than Stacy Keach," Kahn said in a statement. "Shakespeare Theatre Company owes a big debt to Stacy, as he was the first star to appear on our stage in Richard III."

The creative team includes voice and text coach Ellen O'Brien, assistant stage manager Robyn M. Zalewski, assistant stage manager Hannah R. O'Neil, fight directors Rick Sordelet and Christian Kelly-Sordelet and production stage manager Joseph Smelser.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (202) 547-1122 or visiting ShakespeareTheatre.org.