Hotel Wolfe Island first stop for Driftwood Theatre’s King Henry Five

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Past Driftwood Theatre performance. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Driftwood Theatre Group is bringing their ambitious adaptation of three Shakespeare plays to Wolfe Island this summer.

King Henry Five is a powerful story about community, the families we inherit and those we choose, and the legacies we leave behind. The Bard’s Bus Tour will bring Driftwood to patio bars across Southern Ontario, starting right here on Wolfe Island.

Set against the backdrop of a contemporary patio bar and featuring Driftwood’s signature blend of music, puppetry, and Shakespeare’s captivating poetry, King Henry Five rolls into outdoor community spaces across Ontario this summer.

According to Driftwood, the company has been around for over 25 years, but has not toured since 2019 due to the pandemic. This year’s stops on Wolfe Island are a first for the theatre group — first performances in over two years, and Driftwood’s first performances on Wolfe Island!

Majesty, music, and masterful minstrelsy will be on display for two shows at the Hotel Wolfe Island: Thursday, Jul. 14 and Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

“It’s a coming of age story,” explained Driftwood Artistic Director Jeremy Smith. “It’s about finding one’s place during a time of great uncertainty and massive world events. As we grow up and learn to navigate our place in the world, we learn to recognize and rely on the communities that surround us.”

Driftwood celebrates this return to live theatre with an imaginative production using only five actors, a puppet, Shakespeare’s poetic text, and seven original songs created specifically for this production to tell the story of Henry’s rise from a rogue of the Boar’s Head Tavern to the ruler of a mighty dynasty.

“By the time we hit the road in July, it will have been three years since we were last face-to-face with people across Ontario,” said Smith. “I can’t wait to share this epic story and the work of these extraordinary artists with our audiences.”

Tickets for King Henry Five are now on sale online at In keeping with Driftwood Theatre’s vision of theatre for all people, all tickets are available for ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ admission. Audiences are invited to select from one of four set admission prices ($5, $35, $50, $75), choosing the option that best suits their circumstance.

This show is made possible by the support of Driftwood’s partners in Kingston, Hotel Wolfe Island, and The Kick & Push Festival, running this August in Kingston!

Learn more and get your tickets on the Driftwood Theatre Company website.

This article is sponsored by the Driftwood Theatre Company. Interested in a Business Feature on Kingstonist? Contact [email protected]

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