by Christi Rutledge
I like to think of Shakespeare’s Henry V as the granddaddy of all historical action films. If you’re looking for thrills, the Festival’s upcoming production will deliver: battles, strategy and rousing speeches (plus a touching courtship) are just some of the elements that make up this epic history play. Does it sound a bit like Braveheart, The Patriot, Apocalypse Now or Saving Private Ryan? Methinks… yes!
Henry V is the fourth play in what is commonly referred to as the Henriad – Shakespeare’s second set of history plays, composed of Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. If you’re not familiar with these works, or if you’re in need of a refresher, we’ve created a short trailer to catch you up on the story.
Henry V arguably has one of the most gripping battle scenes that you’ll ever see on stage. It’s based on the historic Battle of Agincourt, which was fought by the armies of England and France on October 25, 1415. In Shakespeare’s play, the French army “have full threescore thousand” troops – which means that the 3000 exhausted English soldiers are up against “fearful odds.” But the English manage to rally the courage they need to take arms, thanks in no small part to Henry’s stirring words of motivation, known as the St. Crispin’s Day speech. It’s one of those moments in Shakespeare that just grabs you and pulls you in – I’m so looking forward to seeing it!
Helmed by our Artistic Director, Des McAnuff, the Festival’s production features a massive wooden set with a working drawbridge and an impressive raked stage that will transport you back to the medieval era. It’s going to be spectacular!
Aaron Krohn (whom you might remember from last season when he played Lenny in The Homecoming) will be leading the troops in the role of Henry V, along with Ben Carlson as Captain Fluellen, Juan Chioran as Montjoy, Deborah Hay as Alice, Lucy Peacock as the Hostess, Tom Rooney as Ensign Pistol and Timothy D. Stickney as the Duke of Exeter – just to name a few.
Find out Juan Chioran’s take on this exciting show!
Henry V starts previews this weekend! Dive into the action for $25 when you come to any preview performance.* Log into our website with promotion code 44377, or try our new Stratford Social Ticketing Application on Facebook! (You can use the same promotion code.) Don’t delay – this offer is only available until Monday, June 25, at 11:59 p.m.!
*Offer may expire without notice. Not valid on MMP performances or in conjunction with any other promotion, including SSP, Family Experience, TiXX and PlayOn. Offer is not available on A+ seating. Promotion is only available online through our website or through Stratford Social Ticketing on the Festival’s Facebook page.