REVIEW ROUND-UP: Henry V at Regent’s Park, Open Air Theatre

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Shakespeare’s play is brought to life as part of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s season, where it continues until 9 July 2016. The production is directed by Robert Hastie and starring Michelle Terry in the title role. 

The Guardian: ★★★★ Michael Billington wrote: “this is an excitingly staged production in which armies clash by smoke-filled night and drums resoundingly echo from the auditorium’s towers.”

The Independent: ★★★ David Lister wasn’t so sure about Michelle Terry’s performance saying: “But it’s a performance that is insufficiently imposing or charismatic.”

Evening Standard: ★★★ Henry Hitchings found that: “The production has energy and an air of confident simplicity, though it’s also alert to the play’s ambiguities. It lacks a deeper emotional charge but it’s a striking statement about the precarious nature of kingship and the sheer diversity of the society over which — 600 years ago — Henry V had to reign.”

The Telegraph: ★★★★ Dominic Cavendish said: “the whole show delivers a vital wake-up jolt to us all in terms of reinvigorating the Shakespeare canon.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Terry makes a fascinating Hal, giving us a strikingly mature monarch from the off.”

Time Out: ★★★★ “it all comes back to Terry: whatever gender she’s playing, that ringing voice delivering some of the most stirring speeches ever written is worth the prices of admission alone.”

British Theatre Guide: “Robert Hastie has created an accessible, at times funny and others deeply serious production that is far better than merely a gimmicky opportunity for a top actress to shine in an unlikely role.”

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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