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Shakespeare's Epic Henriad: King & Country

  • Dates: 1/21/2022, 1/22/2022, 1/23/2022, 1/27/2022, 1/28/2022, 1/29/2022, 1/30/2022
  • Presenting Organization: Sweet Tea Shakespeare
  • Venue: William Peace University Theatre
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 15 E. Peace St., Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Phone: 910.420.4383
  • Times: 7-9:30pm
  • Admission: $10-$25


A frivolous king. A reluctant prince. A country on the verge of collapse. The first two plays in Shakespeare’s history cycle chronicle the fall of the house of Plantagenet and the rise of the house of Lancaster to the British throne. After a faction of ambitious noblemen overthrow the young King Richard II, England is plunged into chaos and uncertainty. When the dust settles, there may be a new ruler…but at what cost?

Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 (also being performed in rep by a single company of actors) constitutes the first half of Shakespeare’s history tetralogy—an epic tale of fathers and sons, loyalty and leadership, politics and power. It is the story of ordinary people weathering the winds of change in a fledgling nation. And it is a visceral reminder that history isn’t past; it’s not even history at all. Each performance celebrates the beauty of song with live music during our pre-show event and at intermission.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is offering a Richard II ticket buyers a 50% discount on tickets to Henry IV. See your email confirmation for a coupon code to claim the discount.

For evening performances, the doors will open at 6:30 pm, the pre-show will begin at 7pm and the play starts at 7:30pm. For matinee performances, the doors will open at 1pm, the pre-show will begin at 1:30pm, and the play starts at 2pm.

Venue: William Peace University. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours will be required prior to entry into the theater. All guests must wear a mask except when eating or drinking.

General Admission: $20 advance, $25 day of show; Seniors/Military: $18 advnace, $25 day of show; Students: $10 advance, $25 day of show; Streaming Only: $10 advance. Link will be emailed after the show closes. On-demand streaming link will be sent once available, usually prior to the closing weekend. Live streaming links, when available, will be sent to all streaming ticket holders.

Become a Monthly Sustainer for special advance ticket rates and complimentary ticket exchanges: www.patreon.com/sweetteashakes.

Director: Aaron Alderman Music Director: Aaron Alderman and Mia Sgambellone