As we head into closing weekend for the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ’s successful and well-received run of “Henry VIII”, starring David in the title role, the Times of Trenton took a moment to interview David and his co-star Jessica Wortham (Queen Katherine) about the experience.
David Foubert as Henry gets far more stage time than Wortham, but he quickly points out that the man he plays isn’t the bearded, rotund, bejeweled monarch of the famous Henry VIII portraits.
“Henry was a vital, active, straightforward, outgoing young man who enjoyed hunting and jousting with his many friends. He’s smart enough to accept and consider, although he may not follow it, the advice he receives from older, more experienced statesman he’s surrounded by, people like Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cranmer,” says Foubert who points out that at one time, the role was often assigned to actors who specialized, as he does, in comedy. His many roles in the eight seasons he has been with the Shakespeare Theatre have included many comedies including one of three actors who perform “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Click here to read the interview on the Times of Trenton website (November 7, 2014). Henry VIII closes on Sunday, November 9th.
BroadwayWorld.com loved the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII:
“The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) continues their triumphant season with one of the Shakespeare’s rarely produced masterpieces, Henry VIII now onstage through November 9th. Tell a friend to tell a friend…. The staging and pacing of this epic play is absolutely flawless.”
With regard to David’s performance in the title role, BWW was equally glowing:
“The cast is ideally suited to their roles. David Foubert masters his role as a very robust, yet charming Henry. While Foubert succeeds at portraying this commanding character, he brings a real sense of humanity to the role. His contemplative disposition is particularly evident when he hears the pleadings of Catherine played by Jessica Wortham.”
Read the full review from Marina Kennedy at BroadwayWorld.com (October 27, 2014)
David’s current work at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (as King Henry VIII) received a great mention from Michael Sommers in the New York Times (October 24 print edition):
…”The actors portray their characters with conviction and vigor. An always confident, at times surly Henry, David Foubert plays the king as a handsome though mercurial devil who passionately believes in whatever he is thinking at the moment.”
Click here to read the full review. ‘Henry VIII’ closes November 9, 2014.