Just in case being a film titan wasn’t enough, Tom Hanks, fresh off being cast as Fred Rogers in an upcoming biopic, will be returning to the stage. He will play Sir John Falstaff in “Henry IV,” the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles announced on Tuesday. Rita Wilson, his wife, will also be in the show.
Mr. Hanks will be directed by Daniel Sullivan, a veteran Tony Award-winning director, in one of the most iconic comedic roles in all of Shakespeare. The play will have 24 performances starting June 5 and ending July 1. They will run at the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles V.A. Campus, and 2,000 tickets will be set aside for active and retired members of the military.
For almost three decades, Mr. Hanks and Ms. Wilson have been benefactors of the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, hosting “Simply Shakespeare” every year — a comedic, impromptu reading of the playwright’s work.