The Histories

8 plays
87 years
5 kings
2 houses

1 throne

History is 2020

Shakespeare's eight plays about the Wars of the Roses drive home the cyclical nature of violence and history, while also bringing intimate, touching domestic stories of lovers, parents and children, and divided loyalties. When performed together as one epic story, the plays' emotional resonance and impact is even stronger. In 2020, Brave Spirits Theatre will make history by becoming the first professional American theatre company to mount full productions of Shakespeare's two tetralogies and perform them in repertory. Performing near the nation's capital, Brave Spirits will bring a distinctly American stamp to these plays, while also staging them in their signature actor-driven, intimate, and dark style. Experts at textual delivery and known for their bold, ambitious programming choices, Brave Spirits' staging of Shakespeare's Histories is sure to be a not-to-be-missed event.

Our Mission

Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to plays from the era of verse and violence which contrast the baseness of humanity with the elegance of poetry. By staging dark, visceral, intimate productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we strive to tear down the perception of these plays as proper and intellectual and instead use them to explore the boundaries of acceptable human behavior.

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