The Death of Kings is an epic two-play saga compiled from Shakespeare’s eight history plays beginning with Richard II and ending with Richard III. Part One: I Come But For Mine Own condenses Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and tells the complete stories of the downfall of Richard II, the rise of Henry Bolingbroke as King Henry IV, and the journey of his son, the young Prince Hal to becoming King Henry V. Part Two: The White Rose and the Red encompasses Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, and Richard III, and depicts the French rebellion led by Joan of Arc, followed by the Wars of the Roses, and the complete arcs of Queen Margaret and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III. Both parts of The Death of Kings were produced by Naked Shakes and the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2016.
Both plays are self-contained and can be seen in either order. Each play runs under three hours. There is also a third play, The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown that is a ninety-minute version with excerpts from both parts of the full Death of Kings plays. The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown received its European premiere at the Prague Shakespeare Company’s Summer Shakespeare Intensive in 2017.
The trailer above and other video clips below are all from the original 2016 UC Santa Barbara productions of Part One: I Come But For Mine Own, and Part Two: The White Rose and the Red, starring Anne Torsiglieri as Falstaff, Brian Harwell as Richard, Duke of York, Jeff Mills as King Henry IV, Jore Aaron as Joan La Pucelle, Verenice Zuniga as Margaret, Zach Macias as Suffolk, and Madison Scarbrough as Warwick.