Dame Harriet Walter is King Henry IV in all-female Shakespeare production

Shad talks to Harriet Walter about her role as King Henry IV, and what it says about Shakespeare's portrayal of women.
Harriet Walter as King Henry. (Pavel Antonov)

U.K. actress Dame Harriet Walter is no stranger to Shakespeare, but you might still be surprised by her next major role: the king.

She's part of an all-female production of Shakespeare's history King Henry IV (directed by Phyllida Lloyd) in New York, and it's given her new insights into both gender and The Bard.

She shares those insights on q today, on the phone — pre-show — from her current theatre, St. Ann's Warehouse.


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