By William Shakespeare
Follow your spirit: and upon this charge,
Cry — God for Harry! England and Saint George!
As England triumphs at the Battle of Agincourt during her quest to win the French crown, Henry V becomes one of the great warrior kings leading “we happy few, we band of brothers”.
Staged on the eve of the Chilcot report into why our country goes to war, and whom we trust to take us there, Henry V was directed by Donmar Warehouse Associate Director Robert Hastie, with Olivier Award-winning actress Michelle Terry in the title role.
"Stiffen the sinews, this female Hal is a revelation" Daily Telegraph
The perfect time to stage a play about England's relationship with its European neighbours, we celebrated Shakespeare’s creative influence in national and global culture in this, the 400th anniversary of his death.
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"Robert Hastie's REVELATORY REVIVAL ...cuts to the heart of its concerns. A vital wakeup jolt to us all"
"Michelle Terry is RIVETING. This is an excitingly staged production in which armies clash by smoke-filled night and drums resoundingly echo"
"Michelle Terry brings a touch of danger to Shakespeare's warrior king. For all the streak of darkness at its heart, this is A KINETIC, FAST-PACED PRODUCTION that...absolutely nails the comedy - Alex Bhat is hilarious as a loserish Dauphin. But it all comes back to Terry: whatever gender she is playing, that ringing voice delivering some of the most stirring speeches ever written is worth the price of admission alone."
"(Michelle Terry’s) a superb orator, her delivery FRESH and INTELLIGENT, sometimes DISARMINGLY GENTLE, sometimes COMPLETELY COMMANDING. She has such a way with verse, the words sphere in her mouth and she packs nuance and emotion into every line. A TRIUMPH for Terry. She is one of the most capable Shakespearean actors around.”
"In Robert Hastie's MUSCULAR, UNCOMPROMISING production, Michelle Terry as the warlike Harry... is every inch the lion: England's answer to Joan of Arc."
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"It’s immersive qualities place us in the thick of the action: soldiers spill out into the aisles, drummers pound a blood-pumping rhythm behind us, and…the “blast of war” does indeed blow in our ears”
- Robert Hastie – Director
- Anna Fleischle – Set & Costume Designer
- John Ross – Movement Director
- Yaron Engler – Composer
- Joshua Carr – Lighting Designer
- Avgoustos Psillas for Autograph – Sound Designer
- Barbara Houseman – Season Associate Director (Voice & Text)
- Kate Waters – Fight Director
- Alastair Coomer CDG & Charlotte Sutton – Casting Director
- Catrin Aaron – Captain Fluellen
- Philip Arditti – Pistol
- Alex Bhat – The Dauphin
- Raphael Bushay – Duke of Warwick
- Phil Cheadle – Lord Scroop, Duke of Orleans
- Charlotte Cornwell – Chorus
- Bobby Delaney – Lieutenant Bardolph, Bates
- Ryan Ellsworth – Duke of Exeter
- Polly Frame – Captain Jamy, Nell Quickly, Duke of Beaumont
- Beruce Khan – Corporal Nym, Duke of Burgundy
- Syrus Lowe – Duke of Bedford
- Jack McMullen – Williams, Le Fer
- Dyfrig Morris – Duke of Westmoreland
- Jessica Regan – Captain MacMorris, Montjoy
- Joy Richardson – Alice, Bishop of Ely
- David Sibley – Archbishop of Canterbury, King of France, Sir Thomas Erpingham
- Cat Simmons – Captain Gower
- Dwane Walcott – Constable of France
- Michelle Terry – King Henry
- Ben Wiggins – The Boy, Princess Katherine