Current and Upcoming Performances

First Encounters with Shakespeare for Younger Audiences

The Famous Victories of Henry V

William Shakespeare
Edited by Own Horsley
January 28 - February 5, 2016

Public Performance
Saturday, January 30, 2016 – 7:00pm
Lincoln Theatre


1. Call The Ohio State theatre box office at 614-292-2295
2. Call the CAPA Ticket Center at 614-469-0939 or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
3. Visit the CAPA Ticket Center at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State Street) or any Ticketmaster outlet.
4. Order online at

Ohio State Student Performance
Thursday, January 28, 2016, 1:00-2:30PM
Lincoln Theatre
RSVP here

Open to all students majoring in English, Teaching and Learning or Theatre and students in the Arts Scholars Program, the Humanities Scholars Program or the Honors Program. 


The Ohio State University presents the Royal Shakespeare Company’s First Encounters with Shakespeare North American Tour of The Famous Victories of Henry V.  The tour  visits Columbus and Mansfield, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York. RSC First Encounters with Shakespeare performances are distilled versions of Shakespeare plays that have been specially created for schools and family audiences.

The Famous Victories of Henry V follows notorious bad boy Prince Hal as he swaps his rebellious life on the streets of London for the battlefields of France to become one of the most famous kings in British history. The Famous Victories of Henry V brings together key moments from three great plays – Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V – and the title is taken from an early play that may have inspired Shakespeare to write these stories. Using  Shakespeare's original language, this production is the perfect first encounter with Shakespeare's work for young people aged 8 and upwards. A teacher’s packet and curriculm guide can be found here. RSC_Curriculum Guide.pdf  

RSC First Encounters Tour LogoPerformances for K-12 students

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:30am
Lincoln Theatre

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:30am and 1:00pm
Lincoln Theatre

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 9:45am and 1:00pm
The Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 9:30am
Shelby High School 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 9:30am
Ashland High School

Thursday, Febrary 4, 2016 - 9:30am
Mansfield Senior High School

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:00am
Columbus Museum of Art 






Columbus area K-12 schools or community groups who are interested in bringing a class to the Royal Shakespeare Company Partnership performance of The Famous Victories of Henry V can apply for a bus subsidy. The Arts Initiative and The Royal Shakespeare Company Partnership offers bus subsidies of $175 per bus to area schools and community centers to offset the cost of travel. 

King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings
Richard II; Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II; Henry V

April 5, 2016-May 1, 2016
Brooklyn Academy of Music

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University present King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, an exclusive United States engagement of Richard II; Henry IV, Parts I and II; and Henry V performed in repertory and directed by Gregory Doran, the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, as part of the RSC’s worldwide program marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The Folger Shakespeare Library—home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection—will share rare books and artifacts from its Washington, DC vaults with audiences at BAM in a special exhibition about the four history plays. It is one of several touring exhibitions produced by the Folger in 2016 as part of The Wonder of Will commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Other highlights include performances, lectures and readings, a new website, Shakespeare Documented, a public radio documentary about Shakespeare in American life, and a tour of the Shakespeare First Folio to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

For those in the New York City-area, tickets for King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings will go on sale later this year.

Student Tour to NYC

April 7-10, 2016
Brooklyn Academy of Music

The Ohio State University is partnering with BAM to bring two hundred Ohio State students from Theatre, English, Education, and Honors and Scholars to Brooklyn, New York for the three-day performance series in April. Tickets, transportation, and lodging will be paid for by the OSU/RSC Partnership. Students scheduled for select courses will join this trip as a part of their curriculum.

For Ohio State students interested in joining the trip, be sure to register for these courses through Buckeye Link:

  • Theatre 2100H: Introduction to Theatre
    Professor Amanda Fox
  • English 4520.02: Shakespeare's Henriad: History, Performance, Print
    Dr. Alan B. Farmer
  • Theatre 5111: Advanced Directing 
    Professor Maureen Ryan
  • Theatre 5798.01: Study Tour: Domestic
    Dr. Lesley Ferris and Professor Kevin McClatchy
  • Theatre 7704: Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Experimentation and New Media
    Dr. Lesley Ferris

For interested Arts Scholars and Humanities Scholars please submit an application here before February 15, 2016.

New York Alumni Reception

Saturday, April 9, 2016 5-7pm
Brooklyn Academy of Music

Ohio State University students from Theatre, English, Education, and Honors and Scholars will join Ohio State New York Alumni at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a meet and greet reception during the weekend King and Country performances. New York City alumni who are interested in attending the reception please contact Emily Smith, Program Coordinator for The Arts Initiative for more information (