Henry VIII

April 30

June 16, 2013

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

Highly recommended! Director Barbara Gaines' altogether stunning production is a true revelation.

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

Henry VIII receives its first staging in CST's history under the masterful hand of Barbara Gaines, whose vision provides audience members the opportunity to discover Shakespeare's unparalleled insight into our collective human condition. As the sordid tale unfolds of England's most opulent king—notorious for his habit of wedding and beheading—Anne Boleyn rises to power, Queen Katherine is ousted from her throne, and the political machinations and exploits of a king's reign are laid bare.



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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director/Artistic Director

James Noone Scenic Designer

Mariann Verheyen Costume Designer

Anne Militello Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Original Music and Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer


Lance Baker Gardiner

Anu Bhatt Ensemble

Adam Wesley Brown Lord Sandys

Kate Buddeke Old Lady

John Byrnes Brandon/Bishop of Lincoln

David Darlow Cardinal Campeius

William Dick Sir Thomas Lovell

Nicholas Druzbanski Ensemble

Kevin Gudahl Surveyor/Griffith/Sir Thomas More

Hillary Horvath Jane Seymour

Nathan M. Hosner Lord Chamberlain

Scott Jaeck Cardinal Wolsey

Ora Jones Queen Katherine

David Lively Duke of Norfolk

Andrew Long Duke of Buckingham/Thomas Cranmer

Alexa Ray Meyers Patience

Cassandra Nelson Ensemble

Mike Nussbaum Duke of Suffolk

Christina Pumariega Anne Boleyn

Samuel Taylor Thomas Cromwell

Gregory Wooddell Henry VIII

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