A bold and exhilarating production that, at a time when Brexit is uppermost in our minds, looks at the dark side of patriotism and nationalism.
Jonathan Church, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath, has announced the theatre’s full 2018 summer season programme. Some of the country’s most prolific actors will star in a selection of both UK premieres and renowned classics in the theatre’s historic Main House and the intimate Ustinov Studio.
Using a play within a play format, this version of Henry V begins in a field hospital in France in 1915 a group of French and English patients decide to put on a version of Henry V.
After an acclaimed tour in 2016, Antic Disposition’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V returns in February to embark on a tour of eight of the UK’s most historic and beautiful cathedrals, including Southwark Cathedral on Bankside in the heart of Shakespeare’s London. Antic Disposition’s Ben Horslen and John Riseboro explain their approach to the classic – and why they’ve cast French actors in it…
What you do get from the trilogy day though is a huge sense of occasion, and the undeniable truth of the significance of what has been achieved here. Unabashedly all-female productions of Shakespeare, shaking up a (male dominated) establishment that still can’t quite let these things happen without a range of think-pieces.
Following on from an acclaimed UK tour earlier this year, Antic Disposition will be taking their production of Henry V to eight of the UK’s best cathedrals, from 2 to 22 February 2017.
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.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has today announced lead casting for two of its forthcoming summer 2016 productions: Michelle Terry will play the title role of Henry V in director Robert Hastie’s new gender-bending production; and former Once star Declan Bennett will lead the cast in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Artistic Director Timothy Sheader.
The RSC’s opening to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year could neither have been more extraordinary nor ambitious: the full cycle of the Henriad performed as an entire historical epic.
In a time of celebrity cast Shakespeare productions, it is a pleasure to observe Greg Doran’s take on Henry V and see not so much a band of brothers, but rather a company of craftsmen offering one of the most intelligent interpretations of this complex play in recent years.