by William ShakespeareDirector Martha Henry
DEATH OF A MARRIAGE, BIRTH OF AN ERA
Church and state collide when England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon. The consequences will be epochal for the country – and calamitous for the king’s adviser, Cardinal Wolsey, who has been playing a dangerous game of his own.
Passion, political intrigue and personal faith drive the action as Shakespeare brings vividly to life the thrilling human drama behind a pivotal moment in history.
House Program: Henry VIII
Production support is generously provided by Jack Whiteside.
Support for the 2019 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.
2019 publicity photography by David Cooper.
2019: Surveyor, Griffith, Dr. Butts in Henry VIII, Al-Hafi in Nathan the Wise and Orderly in Birds of a Kind. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Tariq in A Thousand Splendid Suns (The Grand Theatre); Mubeen in Acha Bacha (Theatre Passe Muraille); Cassio in Othello (Driftwood Theatre); Iyar in Little Pretty and the Exceptional (Factory Theatre); Amir in Disgraced (Magnus Theatre); Craig/Craven in Scarberia (YPT); Henry Clerval in Frankenstein Live! (Arts Engine); Damon in Perceptions of Love in the Pursuit of Happiness (Toronto Fringe). Film/TV: Ronnie in JETT (HBO/Cinemax); Nick in Reach (Valence Films); Aathi in A Gun & A Ring (EyeCatch Multimedia). Training: MFA - The New School for Drama; Birmingham Conservatory. Awards: Dora nomination for Best Individual Performance for Scarberia. Et cetera: Thank you to my family and friends.
2019: Duke of Suffolk in Henry VIII and Deputy Governor Danforth in The Crucible. 24th season. Stratford: Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet), The Prospector (The Madwoman of Chaillot), Antiochus, Simonides (Pericles), Surly (The Alchemist), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Axel Oxenstierna (Christina, The Girl King), Hubert (King John), Caliban (The Tempest), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Buckingham (Richard III), Macduff (Macbeth), Fluellen (Henry V), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Cornwall (King Lear), Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Agamemnon (Troilus and Cressida), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Antonio (The Tempest), Captain Keller, Karl (Heaven), Abbott (Inexpressible Island), Anderson (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme), Quinn (The Affections of May), Johnny (Balconville), Jacob Mercer (Salt-Water Moon), Taylor (K2), Billy (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid).
2019: Duke of Buckingham in Henry VIII, Bastian's Father in The Neverending Story and John Proctor in The Crucible. 11th season. Stratford: An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, All My Sons, Bunny, Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Henry IV (1), Henry IV (2), Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida. Elsewhere: Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Soulpepper); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.); Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare). Film/TV: The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Reign, Republic of Doyle, Warehouse 13, Nikita, The L.A. Complex, Saving Hope, Deadly Hope, The Firm, Lost Girl, Combat Hospital, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Killshot, Hollywoodland. Awards: Dora Award, Best Ensemble (Twelve Angry Men). Past recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Guthrie Award (for outstanding contribution to the Stratford Festival).
2019: Assistant director of and understudy in The Crucible, First Gentleman and Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury in Henry VIII and understudy in Mother's Daughter. Eighth season. Stratford: Principals in An Ideal Husband, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, The Virgin Trial, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, She Stoops to Conquer, King Lear, Othello; appeared in Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (c2c). Directing: 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity (Tiny Room); Henry IV: I, Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perchance); The Leisure Society, Autobahn, The Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Associate directing: Lear, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale (Groundling). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above and Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta.
2019: Sir Thomas Cromwell and Bishop of Lincoln in Henry VIII. Second season. Stratford: Moloch, Michael in Paradise Lost; understudy in The Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Henry V (Bard on the Beach); Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, Rough Crossing (Theatre Calgary); Death of a Salesman, The Wars (Playhouse); The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Red Priest (Globe Theatre); Hedda Gabler (Persephone); The Secret Annex, The Philadelphia Story (MTC); A Christmas Carol, The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Belfry Theatre); Wit, Aberhart Summer, Respectable, that elusive spark (ATP); Boeing Boeing, The School for Scandal (Arts Club); The Woman in Black (Chemainus Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theatre); Macbeth (theatre nomad - England/South Africa tour); Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (BeMe Theatre - Munich, Germany).
2019: Duke of Norfolk in Henry VIII and Reverend Parris in The Crucible. 25th season. Stratford: Recent favourites include James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night, the title role in John Gabriel Borkman, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and The Ragman in The Madwoman of Chaillot. Directing credits include both parts of Henry IV (2001), The Adventures of Pericles (2015), Romeo and Juliet (2017) and last season's Julius Caesar. Et cetera: Mr. Wentworth is a Tony- and Olivier-nominated theatre artist whose work has been celebrated on Broadway, in London's West End and in theatres across the U.S. and Canada.
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