Who’s ready for some swordplay in Old Mill Park?

For its 2018 season, which kicks off Aug. 18 and runs through Sept. 9, the Curtain Theatre, which has been producing free theater in the park’s redwood-laden amphitheater since 2000, is tackling Henry IV Part One. The play one of William Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular is full of comedy, action and great characters, says director Steve Beecroft.

“The show tells the story of Prince Hal as he develops from wastrel to politically astute warrior,” says Beecroft, who has promised to make the performances an immersive experience, with battles and sword fights occurring all around the audience. “I really hope people will be up and out of their seats.” 

As usual, the season’s nine performances take place on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Labor Day, running from August 18-September 9.

In addition to Beecroft, the cast and crew include set designer Steve Coleman, costume designer Adriana Gutierrez and musical director by Don Clark. The cast features Beecroft, Nelson Brown, Heather Cherry, James Gregory, Isabelle Grimm, Lijesh Krishnan, James Montellato, Nick Moore, Annette Oliveira, Tom Reilly, Gino Rose, Victoria Saitz, Phil Swanson, Michael Walraven, Grey Wolf. The band includes Ben Brown, Don Clark, Michele Delattre, Hal Hughes.

The 411: The Curtain Theatre tackles Henry IV Part One on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Labor Day in the Old Mill Park amphitheater, located behind the Mil; Valley Library at 375 Throckmorton Avenue. The dates include August 18, 19, 25, 25, Sept. 1, 2, 3, 8 & 9. All shows are at 2pm. Admission in free. MORE INFO.

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