See it if you like your Shakespeare fast, funny and bouncing!
Don't see it if you want to have profound thoughts about life and the universe. No revelations within
See it if You love your Shakespeare joyful and fresh, with excellent music.
Don't see it if You are looking for a Traditional Henry, or are looking for something technically high (this show self-described "inspired by the globe")
See it if You have any interest at all in Commedia. You will never see a more accessible, entertaining version of the art form
Don't see it if You are not interested in older styles. If there are faults to this show, they are all rooted in the faults of the style (masks,slowness).
See it if You'd like a somewhat fresh take on an old classic. Janet McTeer is extraordinary. Worth it just for her.
Don't see it if You want some "classical" or even "true" Shakespeare. This production foregoes clarity and pace for its (admittedly powerful) message.
See it if You are in the mood for intellectual stimulation, and virtuosic performances. Masters of craft, playing masterful writing.
Don't see it if You bore easily-- as is seemingly the trend these days, this production runs closer to four hours than three.
See it if If you're a lover of large-scale musicals (especially featuring exquisite tap), or if you simply cannot miss Audra McDonald in anything.
Don't see it if You prefer narrative and narrative pace to spectacle, or if you simply don't have 3.5 hours to spend at the theatre.
See it if You are interested in how theater is made. Also, if you know something about the Public already, or are interested in learning about it.
Don't see it if You like any spectacle. Natural realism at its finest. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea.
See it if You like being pulled into the show. I don't want to spoil it, but this boasts one of the best "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" scenes ever.
Don't see it if You won't actually listen to the words. While the Public does its typical good job of clarity, some is obfuscated in the contemporizing.
See it if You like sung-through historical fiction, or especially like the Joan of Arc Story
Don't see it if You prefer more complexity or subtlety. You need a proper narrative
See it if you appreciate a concise, contained story with a clever using of staging, a modern dysfunctional family drama (but mostly comedy). Clever.
Don't see it if You want a song and dance show. This show is funny and entertaining, but it is (on purpose) an intimate drama.
See it if you love Henry V, or you prefer Shakespeare in broad, spectacular, colorful strokes (and don't mind spending three hours at the theatre).
Don't see it if You are looking for an original version of the play. Gregory Dolan keeps the RSC (and its conservative donor base) safe as houses.