Do you remember your first experience with
Shakespeare? If you went to public
or private school, chances are you were probably fairly young, and experienced
the works of the Bard alongside classmates, reading one of his plays under the
guidance of an English or Literature teacher.
The setting of this season’s innovative and youthful production of
Henry V, directed by Aaron Cromie, is a classroom where prep school students
are living out the epic battles and complex characters of this play under the tutelage
of their teacher during a ‘final exam’.
We follow along with them as the characters evolve and change during
Henry’s famed military campaign, which leads them to the play’s legendary portrayal
of the Battle of Agincourt, and perhaps find that their connection to this coming-of-age
story mirrors our own
Afterall, the character of King Henry V is a young man dealing
with the pitfalls and politics of becoming the leader he was destined to
be. Through his struggles, we are
reminded that growing up is never easy and that, often, the choices we are forced
to make in life can change and challenge us, possibly even having an impact on
those we hold dear.
The classroom setting of this new production provides
endless creativity in shifting location, character, and tracking the evolution
of Henry’s campaign at Agincourt.
This exuberant take on this classic history play sheds new light on the
perils, pleasures, and pains of fulfilling one’s destiny.
THE STORY CONTINUES…
Henry V is
one of Shakespeare’s most famous history plays. It is based on the life of King
Henry V of England and centers around events before and after the battle of
Agincourt in 1415, during the 100 Years War.
Henry V is the kingly sequel to Shakespeare’s Henry
IV, Parts 1 and 2 where we meet Prince Henry (Hal) as a young and undisciplined
man, frequenting bars and thieving with the charming, but dissolute, Falstaff.
Henry V is the continuation of Hal’s story. The once
undisciplined Prince has transformed into an ambitious and charismatic King who
has inherited a troubled throne but sets out to conquer France and briefly unites
it with England.
So, Again, we turn our question back to you, our audience. How did Shakespeare’s work first
inspire you? How did his plays
make you feel and resonate with your life? We’re sure you can recall, and invite you to travel back to
that time in life when the simple act of reading a play could transform your
outlook and open up new worlds for you to explore. Come see Henry V and take that journey with us. We’re ready to take the trip with you!