Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Game of Thrones Spirals to its Thrilling Climax with HENRY VI: The War of the Roses, Part 2 and RICHARD III

Brian Isaac Phillips directs the final installments in CSC’s 5-year, 8-play history cycle

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Darnell Pierre Benjamin as King Henry VI & Kelly Mengelkoch as Queen Margaret in HENRY VI: THE WAR OF THE ROSES, Part 2. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

CINCINNATI, Jan. 5, 2017— Cincinnati Shakespeare Company continues its season and concludes its multi-year history cycle with Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, Part 2 and Richard III, by William Shakespeare.  This production is directed by CSC Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips.  This production features Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Resident Ensemble members including Darnell Pierre Benjamin at King Henry VI, Kelly Mengelkoch as Queen Margaret, and Billy Chace as King Richard III.  The History Cycle sponsor is Osborn, Rohs, Williams & Donohoe, LLC.

With these productions, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company becomes the second theater company in the United States to complete Shakespeare’s entire history cycle in chronological order. The cycle began in 2013 with Richard II and continued through 2014’s Henry IV, 2015’s Henry V, and 2016’s Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, Part 1.

In Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, Part 2, sides have been chosen and loyalties of family and friendship are tested as the Wars of the Roses blaze through England. The ambitious Duke of York (Giles Davies) has challenged the rule of the kindly but weak Henry VI (Darnell Pierre Benjamin) and his ruthless queen, Margaret (Kelly Mengelkoch). Amidst this tumult of battle and chaos, Richard (Billy Chace), the hunchbacked and hideous Duke of Gloucester, sets his eyes on kingship and begins his slow but inexorable rise to power. His story continues in Richard III, in which Richard’s murderous manipulations finally place him on the throne, only to find his tyrannical rule opposed by the fledgling Tudor dynasty.

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Billy Chace as RICHARD III. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved histories, and so many people know Richard as the evil hunchbacked king. Henry VI is performed less often, and so our production gives our audiences an exciting chance to get to know Richard as a young man, and to watch his progression through all the experiences that put him where he is at the start of Richard III,” says Brian Isaac Phillips, CSC’s Producing Artistic Director.

Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, Part 2 runs January 20-February 11, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM as well as Saturday Feb. 11 at 2:00 PM. There is no performance on Sunday, Jan. 22. Preview performances are Wednesday Jan. 18 and Thursday Jan. 19 and tickets are $25. Richard III runs February 17-March 11, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM as well as Saturday March 11 at 2:00 PM. There is no performance on Sunday, Feb. 19. Preview performances are Wednesday Feb. 15 and Thursday Feb. 16.

The theater is currently located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati, two blocks west of the Aronoff Center.  Single ticket prices range from $22-$38 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$42 on Fridays and Saturdays.  Previews are $25.  If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased one hour before a show with a valid student ID.  This production is a part of this season’s subscription package. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.  Ticketing fees may apply.  Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as AAA members.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at http://www.cincyshakes.com.

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  Currently located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces a dozen mainstage productions each season. In the summer of 2017, the theater will relocate to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theater Association.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reached over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2016-2017 Season:
This season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation and is supported, in part, by the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com.

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