Drama

Henry V

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

Tue 30 Oct — Sat 3 Nov

at Theatre Royal

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone

‘I think the king is but a man.’

A divided nation. Trouble on the continent. An ambitious young prince.

Emerging from his wild youth with a sense of purpose and adventure, Henry V wages war on France with devastating efficiency. But at what cost? How can he be a good leader and a good man? What compromises must be made in the name of victory?

Shakespeare’s play is a thrilling examination of the nature of power. It explores the burden of leadership and explodes the myth of heroism. It depicts the powerful and the powerless fighting side by side. With characters drawn from across the United Kingdom, the play is a democratic portrayal of the ruler and the ruled.

Henry V compels us to examine our place in the world and look at our complex relationship with patriotism. Above all it speaks of the moral responsibility of our leaders: ‘Every subject’s duty is the king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.’

Henry V, with its brutal history and beautiful poetry, is a battlefield, but this "band of brothers" at the Tobacco Factory are performing it bravely.

Broadway World

There is, in fact, scarcely a second wasted in a production as thoughtful as it is pungent. A small triumph of inventiveness and economy.

The Times

A fine, deeply thoughtful production, which raises the question of what war does to its victors as much as to its victims. Strong performances across the impressive ensemble cast.

The Guardian

A bold and exhilarating production

Stage Review

Booking Information

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Tue 30 Oct at 7:30pm Book Now!
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