The Rogue and Peasant Players presents William Shakespeare's Henry V, the historical English drama of its title character. More…
King Henry V ascends to the throne of England following the death of his father at the beginning of the play. The King soon makes a claim to parts of France based on some distant ancestral ties. When Dauphin, prince of France responds insultingly to Henry's claim, King Henry V orders England to invade France and the two nations soon find themselves at war.
"I felt as though I had been invited to watch a final semester project at one of New York’s fine acting schools...The production’s greatest asset is Kelly Monroe Johnston’s magnificent staging...The production is solid and will remind you of the beauty and simplicity of this glorious text." Full Review
"The production, directed by Kelly Monroe Johnston, is at once simplistic and chaotic. Out of a cacophony of sound, cleverly punctuated by a wonderful percussion set of hanging wine bottles and buckets, comes forth a clarity of text. It's interesting and entertaining...In this 400th year since the death of Shakespeare, it's a great idea to add Rogue & Peasant's production of 'Henry V' to join in on the commemoration." Full Review
"On the whole, the show looks interesting, without being especially remarkable...Everything about this ‘Henry V’ works. It all hangs together, the actors know what they’re doing, an aesthetic has been committed to, a world has been created, you can watch and experience Shakespeare’s play without impediment. And that’s it. This show doesn’t reinvent the story, it doesn’t challenge it and break new observational or theatrical ground, it just tells the story well." Full Review
See it if You like stripped-down interpretations of the Bard, with excellent storytelling and a great cast.
Don't see it if You're not into stripped-down interpretations of the Bard, with excellent storytelling and a great cast.
See it if You like the notion of a rag-tag, slightly uneven group of amateurs as "flat unraised spirits" in this mostly well-directed play.
Don't see it if You need your Shakespeare well-spoken... at least in English; the French scene is great! You want to laugh in Eastcheap, or to root for Hal.
See it if you want to understand why classics become classic. Politics are one thing, but underlying humanity informs everything anyone does.
Don't see it if you're going to fall asleep. You'll miss it, and then you'll regret it. See it when you're wide awake.
See it if One of Shakespeare's greatest heros comes to life in Henry V. He is a great warrior, a just king, and also very human. Delightful to watch!
Don't see it if If big action and profound phylosophical self-reflection do not appeal to you, this is not the show for you.
See it if U like Shakespeare in an intimate setting that is brought to life in beautiful & vigiourious manner by its players..with a dash of quirky
Don't see it if Walking is hard, 4th floor walk up. Intermission, there isn't one. Can appear indulgent with the amount of quirkiness. Music is quaint.
See it if You are truly passionate about Shakespeare. I feel the director had an insight and connection with the script that is rarely found in theate
Don't see it if You're looking for a musical. Don't see it if you're looking for just mindless entertainment, this production goes beyond all of that.
See it if the casting of Michelle Terry in the tile role was a brilliant and timely. She was superb!
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or can't handle seeing a female hero(ine) as King.
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