Henry VIII (Folger Theatre, 2010)

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Folger Theatre presented their production of Henry VIII, directed by Robert Richmond, composed by Anthony Chochrane, from October 12 to November 28, 2010.

Anthony Cochrane (Cardinal Wolsey), Ian Merrill Peakes (Henry VIII), Lawrence Redmond (Duke of Norfolk), and Naomi Jacobson (Queen Katherine), Henry VIII, directed by Robert Richmond, Folger Theatre, 2010. Carol Pratt.

The Production

The production won one Helen Hayes Award, the "James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play," for Louis Butelli. The production was nominated for several Helen Hayes Awards, including, "Outstanding Costume Design, Resident Production" for William Ivey Long, "Outstanding Director, Resident Play" for Robert Richmond, "Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play," "Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play," for Naomi Jacobson, "Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production" for Klyph Standford, "Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production" for Tony Cisek, "Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production" for Anthony Cochrane and Michael Rasbury, "The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play" for Ian Merrill Peakes, and "Outstanding Resident Play".

Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, United Scenic Artists (**), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Nathan James Bennett*: Secretary to the Cardinal, Lord Chamberlain, Cranmer
  • Louis Butelli*: Will Sommers playing the roles of Surveyor, Cromwell, Old Lady, & others
  • Anthony Cochraine*: Cardinal Wolsey
  • Michael Glenn*: Lord Sands, Early of Surrey, Gentleman
  • Naomi Jacobson*: Queen Katherine
  • Stephen Patrick Martin*: Duke of Buckingham, Griffith
  • Ian Merrill Peakes*: King Henry
  • Karen Peakes*: Anne Boleyn
  • Lawrence Redmond*: Duke of Norfolk
  • Todd Scofield*: Duke of Suffolk
  • Megan Stiegerwald: Princess Mary


  • Nathan James Bennett*: Cardinal Wolsey
  • Cory Cunningham: Will Sommers
  • Eric Humphries: King Henry
  • Doug Krehbel: Duke of Buckingham, Griffith
  • Ryan Mitchell: Duke of Norfolk, Duke of Suffolk
  • Michael Reid: Lord Sands, Earl of Surrey, Gentleman, Secretary to the Cardinal, Lord *Chamberlain, Cranmer
  • Betsy Rosen: Ann Boleyn
  • Eva Wilhelm: Queen Katherine

Creative team

  • William Shakespeare, Playwright
  • Robert Richmond, Director
  • Anthony Cochrane, Composer/Sound Design
  • Tony Cisek**, Scenic Design
  • William Ivey Long**, Costume Design
  • Klyph Standford**, Lighting Design
  • Michael Rasbury, Co-Sound Design
  • Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
  • Che Wernsman*, Production Stage Manager

Production team

  • Abigail Isaac, Assistant Director/Choreographer
  • Joshua Bristol, Assistant Technical Director
  • Eric Arnold, Assistant Stage Manager
  • Kirsten Parker, Production Assistant
  • Jessica Clark, Dramaturg Intern
  • Bella Facia, Inc., Scenery Construction
  • Kate Olden, Prop Master
  • Betsy Rosen, Puppets
  • Mariah Hale, Associate Costume Designer
  • Donald Sanders, Director, William Ivey Long Studios
  • Adalia Vera Tonneyck, Costume Assistant/Wardrobe Head
  • Alina Gerall, Wardrobe Assistant
  • Amber Meade, Master Electrician
  • Brian Allard, Margaret Bonnell, Matt Shipley, & Paul Villalovoz, Electricians
  • Matt Shipley, Light Board Operator
  • Matthew M. Nielson, Sound Head
  • Brandon Roe, Sound Board Operator
  • Gary Logan, Ms. Jacobson's Dialect Consultant
  • James Kegley, Promotional Photography
  • Carol Pratt, Production Photography
  • WAPAVA, Archival Recording
  • C2 Inc., Open Captioning

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Assistant Artistic Producer
  • Giuseppe DeBartolo, General Manager
  • Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager

Other media

Watch the trailer for this production of Henry VIII.

Listen to the cast and creative team summarize the plot of the play.

Hear director Robert Richmond discuss his decision to insert Will Sommers, Henry VIII's court jester, into the play.

Get a backstage look at costume designer William Ivey Long's transformation of Ian Merrill Peakes into King Henry VIII.


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