ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Shakespeare Festival St. Louis produce three plays in two alternating shows for the first time ever next summer.

"Henry IV, Part 1," "Henry IV, Part 2" and "Henry V" will be performed during the 14th season, May 17-June 15, Shakespeare Festival artistic and executive director Rick Dildine said. This marks the first time more than one show will be presented in the festival's history.

"Henry IV, Part 1" and "Henry IV, Part 2" will be edited and presented in one evening at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park, starting May 17, and "Henry V" will open one week later. Each show will alternate evenings, and June 7 and June 14, audiences will be able to see the shows back to back in the same day.

Shakespeare's plays tell the stories of the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V.

This past year, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis produced "Twelfth Night," and in 2012, the group performed "Othello."

The festival has attracted more than 600,000 people in the past 13 years.

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