Directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes and adapted by Mark O'Rowe, DruidShakespeare: The History Plays is a seven-hour (with intermissions) saga presented by Ireland's renowned Druid Theatre Company. The piece carefully distills the bard's entire Henriad—Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II), and Henry V—into a continuous narrative. Before bringing the show to New York for the Lincoln Center Festival, the Druid toured around Ireland. The company's assistant stage manager, Richie O'Sullivan, was there to capture it all on camera and share this photo diary with us.

  • The early rehearsal paper props.

    • 200+ pages, 120+ characters, 4 plays, 13 actors and one massive chart outlining it all!

      • Some of the cast doing a vocal warm up with voice director Andrew Wade.

        • Garry Hynes, Clare Barrett, Rory Nolan, Aisling O'Sullivan, Gavin Drea and John Olohan rehearsing for one of the tavern scenes in Galway.

          • Marty Rea and Aidan Doheny in rehearsal.

            • The beginning of our first preview in Galway.

              • Some of the DruidShakespeare armory.

                • Making blood bags for the show.

                  • Pre show set up backstage in the Mick Lally Theatre, Galway.

                    • Stage Management cue sheets in progress during our tech in Mick Lally Theatre, Galway.

                      • Marty Rea becoming Richard II.

                        • Val Sherlock transforming Clare Barrett into Bardolph.

                          • Some of our costumes backstage.

                            • Prop table backstage in Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.

                              • View into the wings during our setup in Sligo.

                                 

                                 

                                • Marie Mullen preparing to go on during our show in Skibbereen Town Hall.

                                  • John Olohan backstage by candlelight.

                                    • The king awaits... Aisling O'Sullivan in tech for Henry V.

                                      • Master carpenter Gus Dewar digging some graves during our interval change.

                                        • Travelling light to Newark airport with 20 costume and one prop suitcase!

                                          • Stage Manager Clare Howe updating her book before tech beginning in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, New York City.

                                            [All photos by Richie O'Sullivan.]