Thursday, May 30, 2024

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Make L.A. Stage Debut in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” This June


Tom Hanks? The last time we saw him on stage was Broadway, and Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” He was just terrific, of course.

Now Tom and wife Rita Wilson will make their Los Angeles stage debuts in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV.” Tom will play Falstaff. The rest of the cast hasn’t been announced, but I’d put money on Peter Scolari doing something. Daniel Sullivan is being imported from Broadway to direct all this.

The venue is the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. The dates seem to be vaguely the last two weeks of June, although details have not been revealed. Maybe Rita will get to sing!

More good news: limited free tickets to veterans or active members of the US military.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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