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INTERVIEW: Alex Hassell on his journey from Hal to Henry V

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

As the RSC cycle of Shakespeare’s Histories arrives at London’s Barbican Theatre, Alex Hassell appears first as Hal in Henry IV Pts 1 & 2, before maturing into the series’ Henry V. 35 years old and with enviably chiselled features, whilst not yet a household name, Hassell is commanding increasing respect. It was only last month that he achieved a podium finish as a Best Supporting Performance nominee in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Biff in the RSC’s acclaimed revival of Death Of A Salesman.

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HENRY V – Temple Church

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

In ordinary circumstances I need to be dragged to Shakespeare, and not even Hozier can Take Me To Church, but Antic Disposition’s happy coincidence of blood, bandage and badinage in a soldierly setting made their Henry V no penance at all.

To start with, Temple Church is a gorgeous light and vaulting space, and the planked traverse stage feels solid and well-appointed as does the whole place thanks to the patronage of the judges and barristers whose premises nudge in on it from every side. The Inner Temple is a funny little enclave of bourgeoisie: the men on Grindr wore ties.

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HENRY V – Union Theatre

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

I can finally tick it off the list, and if I waited longer than I should have, I can reassure myself that I made a fantastic choice in my first show there. I’ve followed Lazarus Theatre’s exploits for a while, their fresh spins on the classics are repeatedly given glowing reviews so I couldn’t turn down the chance to see their take on Henry V.

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My theatre diary: To Kill a Mockingbird, Henry V, As Is, Orson’s Shadow & The Invisible

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Since I got back from my month of remote working in Mallorca, I’ve been lucky enough to pack in lots of trips to the theatre, including this quintuplet of limited season plays that are all worth a look. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order, and the first on the list finishes this Saturday, so don’t delay if you want to see it…