Civil unrest, trouble with Europe, a monarchy in peril… Experience Shakespeare’s unnervingly relevant Henry V in a production that offers a different perspective on England’s hero.
Henry, the young and newly crowned king, is impatient to assert control over the people of England. Having received a humiliating gift from overseas, his bruised ego leads him to double down on a military invasion abroad in a bid to expand his green and pleasant land. But at what devastating cost?
Witness Henry’s bombastic pursuit of power, throwing into question what it really means to be English.
A production by Shakespeare’s Globe and Headlong, with Leeds Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan (Corrina, Corrina, Liverpool Everyman; Metamorphoses, Shakespeare’s Globe).
Content guidance: This production contains moments of graphic violence, references to sexual assault and strong language.
Oliver Johnstone mesmerises as Henry V
Anatomy of a violent, murky world of leadership
Finely tuned production
Thrillingly retooled as a Macbeth-style psychodrama
Fresh, vivid and intense
The fine ensemble is particularly impressive with the production's more physical passages
Chilling anatomy of one man’s slide into savagery
A wholly timely and considered deconstruction of a classic play
An interesting retelling offering many moments of excitement and intensity
There are moments of visual poetry
It zips along a treat, has a fistful of great new jokes and there is something impressively irreverent
Suggests a number of progressive, contemporary ideas
Date & time
1pm, 2pm, 6.30pm & 7.30pm
Captioned: Fri 9 Dec, 2pm & Fri 27 Jan, 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 10 Dec, 2pm & Thu 2 Feb, 7.30pm
Relaxed: Wed 14 Dec & Sat 28 Jan, 2pm
BSL: Fri 27 Jan, 7.30pm