Henry VIII graces stages in New York and New Jersey

Henry VIII and his wives will be on the minds of New Yorkers as two very different productions have been scheduled: King Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey (Fall 2014) and Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 by the Royal Shakespeare Company (Spring 2015). The latter is an adaption of the books by Hilary Mantel. Michael Sommers of the New York Times has a review. (photos)

Sommers writes:

Unlike every other Shakespearean history play, “Henry VIII” features no battle scenes, sword fights or murders. Instead of bloodshed, it offers the coronation of a queen, two different trials, a masked dance, an execution (dispatched offstage), a royal christening and plenty of intrigue simmering around the throne of a temperamental Tudor monarch.