Tuesday 17 June 2014 - 00:00
Formula kino cinema «Gorizont», Moscow

The British Council in collaboration with art-group CoolConnections present the Henry IV (part 1) stage play premiere, directed by Gregory Doran and Owen Horsley. The premiere is part of the international Theatre HD project, which features in the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 programme.

A live broadcast of the stage play will take place in Moscow on 17 June 2014 at 19:30 at Formula kino cinema «Gorizont» (21/10 Komsomolsky Av.).

The play will be shown in English with Russian subtitles. You can find information about tickets on the CoolConnections website.

One of the directors, Owen Horsley will attend the premiere, introduce the play and host a Q&A session afterwards.

At 15:00 on 17 June the Garazh museum of modern art will host a discussion with Owen Horsley and Aleksey Bartoshevich, critic and leading specialist in theatre studies in Russia on special aspects and modern interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays based on the example of Henry IV (part 1).

The discussion will be in Russian and English with simultaneous translation. Entry is free and registration is mandatory.


Owen Horsley
Horsley trained at Drama Centre London on the BA directing course taught by Di Trevis.

Owen formed Eyestrings Theatre Company in 2008 with his production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at St Andrew’s Crypt in Holborn. Eyestrings went on to produce Benjamin Askew’s new play In Bed with Messalina, also directed by Horsley, a modern take on the classic story written in verse. Eyestrings’ current project is The Duchess of Malfi. A workshop on the play was presented at the Soho Theatre in March 2011, a full production toured the UK in 2012–13.

Owen works as a producer at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). In collaboration with RSC’s art director Gregory Doran, Owen took part in staging Richard II in 2013. In 2014, Owen became an assistant director of Henry IV (part 1 and 2), which is a logical continuation of Richard II. These two renowned tetralogies, written by Shakespeare during the final years of Elizabeth I’s rule, describe and analyse the vitally important and thus problematic change of ruling monarchs.

Henry IV (part 1) stage play is the second chapter of a full Shakespeare project, through which viewers will see a new production of all 36 plays of his First Folio in the next 6 years.

Aleksey Vladimirovich Bartoshevich
Bartoshevich is a Russian specialist in theatre studies, theatre historian, and Shakespeare expert. His main academic studies analyse the stage production of Shakespeare’s works in English theatre. Aleksey Vladimirovich is the author of articles published in «Shakespeare readings» collections and in Theatre magazine, monographs including «Shakespeare on the English stage, end of XIX — first half of XX c.: life of traditions, clash of ideas» (1985), «Poetics of early Shakespeare» (1987), «Universally modern: Shakespeare in the theatre of the 20th century» (2003), and also appears in a series of TV shows about Shakespeare’s works.

A. V. Bartoshevich is the head of the foreign theatre history department at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and head of the division of modern western arts at the Federal Institute of Arts Studies. Bartoshevich teaches the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts course on foreign theatre history, in which Shakespeare and his influence on theatre play a central role. Aleksey Vladimirovich has a Ph. D. in art studies (1995) and has been teaching since 1986. He is also an Honored Scientist (1996), winner of the K. S. Stanislavskiy award, winner of the «Chayka» theatre award in the «Patriarch» category (2004), and one of the first Russian national winners of the Andrey Mironov «Figaro» award (2011).