Date(s) - 12 Jul 2014
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Captioned Performance: Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 2pm
Booking details: http://artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/theatre-drama/henry-v
Please request caption seats at time of booking to ensure you have a good view of the caption screen.
Bell Shakespeare presents
It’s lonely at the top. When King Henry V is manipulated by church advisors, taunted by French royalty and betrayed by English nobles, he has all the ammunition he needs to lash out and invade France. Or does he?
Having executed conspirators and vanquished enemy forces, Henry’s army is ‘weak and sickly’ as it staggers towards a showdown at Agincourt. The night before battle, the king hears first-hand about the fears and frailties of his outnumbered soldiers. But Henry holds one last weapon: the power of words. And it may just save his men, his country and himself.
Damien Ryan directs a contemporary version of Henry V inspired by a true story – for 71 consecutive nights during the Blitz in 1941, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed plays including the works of Shakespeare and would perform them for others in the shelter. Told through the prism of boys caught in a modern conflict this production will expose the stirring heights and troubling depths of Henry V.
By William Shakespeare
Director Damien Ryan
Designer Anna Gardiner
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Vocals Composer Drew Livingston
Movement & Fight Director Scott Witt
With Matthew Backer, Darcy Brown, Gabriel Fancourt, Danielle King, Drew Livingston, Michael Sheasby, Damien Strouthos, Ildiko Susany & Eloise Winestock