Royal Shakespeare Company
David Farr's The Heart of Robin Hood is set to open in the 2014-15 season.
Howard recently appeared in Roundabout Theatre Company's Violet as well as in the original Broadway cast of Matilda.
The theatrical experience is based on Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
The theater was last home to the musicals Mamma Mia! and Rocky.
Former Henry IV costars Antony Sher and Alex Hassell will reunite next summer in Arthur Miller's classic drama.