This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. This is Emer here this week with the latest in Shakespeare news in Ireland.
Where Shakespeare and Ireland is concerned, Druid Theatre Company’s DruidShakespeare has been dominating the discourse over the last few months. And for good reason. After completing a successful, critically-acclaimed tour of Ireland (starting at the home of the company, the Mick Lally Theatre, and finishing down south in Skibbereen Town Hall in Cork), Druid are taking the show to New York, where it will play at the Lincoln Center from 7th-19th July as part of the Center’s annual festival.
To mark this, Fordham University’s Institute of Irish Studies is collaborating with Druid, NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, and the Irish Arts Center to hold a one-day symposium which will explore the relationship between Shakespeare and Ireland, rooting DruidShakespeare within this context. It’ll feature contributions from artistic director Garry Hynes, ensemble member Derbhle Crotty (who plays Henry IV in the production), and playwright Mark O’Rowe, who adapted the Histories for Druid’s stage, as well as other speakers talking about aspects of Irish history and theatre. (Statement of interest: I happen to be one of those speakers–ahem!–but that shouldn’t stop you from going.)
More information on the day is here. It’s free to attend, as well. Oh, and if you happen to be in New York, see the show. Or if you still happen to be on the other side of the Atlantic, you can still see it at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August (notable, seeing as Richard II stayed in Kilkenny during his Irish campaign). More information can be found here.