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Interview with David in “Times of Trenton”

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.

Broadway World Review: “Henry VIII at STNJ is Outstanding Theatre”

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)

New York Times Review: “Pageantry and Sizzling Romance in ‘Henry VIII’”

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.

Star-Ledger Review of “Henry VIII”

The Star-Ledger has weighed in on David’s performance in Henry VIII at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and found it “commanding”…

Ronnie Reich, The Star-Ledger (October 23, 2014)

David Foubert gives a commanding, layered performance in the title role. His Henry first appears loud and brash, as though he might be more at home in a tavern than at the court. He is volatile, and quick to anger, yet at key moments he is also mesmerizingly still and stately.

When he claims he is tormented by conscience about his marriage to Queen Katherine – his late brother’s wife – his anguish, if not necessarily the reasoning, is believable. As he considers the possibility that he may not produce a male heir, he comes across slightly unhinged in a way that foreshadows his tumultuous future.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for their fantastic work. Henry VIII runs through November 9th.

King Henry VIII (David Foubert)  and Queen Katherine (Jessica Wortham) in "Henry VIII". Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

King Henry VIII (David Foubert) and Queen Katherine (Jessica Wortham) in “Henry VIII”. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Early Reviews for David in “Henry VIII”

Last week marked the opening weekend for the rarely-produced “Henry VIII” at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (directed by Paul Mullins), where David Foubert plays the title role of the infamous King Henry VIII.

Some of the early buzz:

Simon Saltzmann, CurtainUp New Jersey (October 20, 2014)

“I am obliged to add: If the current Shakespeare Theatre production of Henry VIII doesn’t end up on your must see list then you are likely going to miss one of the highlights of the New Jersey theatre season.

…The costumes may be [an] eye-filling treat, but I suspect you will be keeping a close watch on the hedonistic, irrational King Henry, as played with a devilish glint in his roving eye by the excellent David Foubert.

Richard Carter, Examiner.com (October 19, 2014)

[5 stars] “This incandescent production places “Henry VIII” squarely on the map where it belongs. …As Henry, the venerable David Foubert turned in a commanding performance.

Rick Busciglio, New Jersey Footlights (October 21, 2014)

The play is presented in STNJ’s always impressive epic style, with sterling casting… The cast, consisting of mostly STNJ veterans, is excellent, with the three leads each having a star turn. David Foubert impresses as the powerful monarch, blind to much of the court intrigue and outright political treachery.

Cardinal Wolsey (Philip Goodwin) and King Henry VIII (David Foubert) in "Henry VIII". Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Cardinal Wolsey (Philip Goodwin) and King Henry VIII (David Foubert) in “Henry VIII”. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. © Jerry Dalia

Interview with David on BroadwayWorld.com

BroadwayWorld.com took a moment to interview David in the days leading up to his turn as King Henry VIII at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey!

Foubert spoke about returning this season to STNJ. “It is a great joy to be back. STNJ is my first home for theater and my second home for life. I received my equity card here and acted with Paul Mullins on The Three Sisters. I am so pleased to be able to work with him as a director. Paul spent the first week of rehearsal team building with the cast and creating a common language to move us forward. There is no real lead in Henry VIII, so that the very talented members of the cast each have a great presence in the performance. STNJ is a great atmosphere and Bonnie Monte knows exactly how theater should be done.”

Click here for the complete article, which also covers a bit of David’s career journey.

Henry VIII runs at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (in Madison, NJ) from October 15 – November 9.

Interview with David in the “Daily Record”

The press leading up to David’s turn as the titular Henry VIII in Shakespeare’s Henry VIII at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has begun! Here’s an interview with David at the Daily Record about David’s take on the character and preparations for the show:

Instead, the conflict in Shakespeare’s play arises from Henry’s love for Katherine, who is frustrated by the fact that she is not able to give him a male heir.

At the same time, Henry is drawn to Anne. “That conflict is something that we don’t see from Henry in ‘A Man for All Seasons,’ ” says Foubert. “In this play, Henry wears his emotions on his sleeve. He’s very stubborn, until he gets a new idea in his head.”

“I think this is a play that will raise discussions,” Foubert says. “Was what Henry did truly for the best for his country, or did he do it for himself? Who has the right to make those decisions?”

Click here for the full article.

Henry VIII opens next Saturday, October 18th and runs through November 9th.