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Hamlet and the Henrys

If it’s feeling especially Elizabethan in Houston these days, you’re not imagining things. In the live theatre world, you can see the Classical Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet right now at the Barnevelder Arts Complex. Or, if you were watching Houston PBS last Friday night, you may have caught a performance of William Shakespeare’s Richard […]

If it's feeling especially Elizabethan in Houston these days, you're not imagining things. In the live theatre world, you can see the Classical Theatre Company's production of Hamlet right now at the Barnevelder Arts Complex. Or, if you were watching Houston PBS last Friday night, you may have caught a performance of William Shakespeare's Richard II. It's part of a Great Performances series presenting Shakespeare's historical plays called The Hollow Crown. The series continues with the Henrys featured over the next three Fridays, beginning with Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and then concluding with Henry V. The Henrys are portrayed by actors Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston. We'll learn more about these plays, and why they're important works within Shakespeare's canon, as we talk with Classical Theatre Company Executive Artistic Director J. J. Johnston, and actor Matthew Keenan, who portrays Hamlet in the current stage production.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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