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Henry V (American Theatre of Actors)

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Intense, Clever

About the show

Shakespeare’s definitive parable of war and warriors is re-imagined in a production that uses modern dress with period-style weaponry. More…

This new production of Shakespeare's epic history explores the duality of mankind: the eternal battle between diplomatic ambition and warlike desire.



Member Reviews (17)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Intense, Clever
74
Avg Score

70
Clear, Dutiful, Slow, Masculine

See it if you would like to see a clear, fairly complete accounting of Shakespeare’s most mature history play.

Don't see it if you know Henry V so well that you expect a new production to prune the material & shape a point of view.

Also 1599, the miraculous year of “Julius Caesar,” “As You Like It” & “Haml... Read more Read less

73
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy the mishmash of current dress and old weapons in the Bard's play that juxtaposes war and diplomacy. Good energetic troop.

Don't see it if the constant coming and going, up and down in a cavernous space with voices in all directions is not the Shakespeare you expect. It's long.

65
Ambitious, Slow, Ameteurish, Funny

See it if If you like Henry V and would enjoy a dimplistic but faithful production of this play.

Don't see it if If you want a full production when watching period pieces or if you prefer modernized Shakespere.

65
Purist, Slow

See it if An alright production of Henry V w/ minimal cuts/edits to the text. You know the play already. This didn’t seem made for fresh eyes.

Don't see it if HV benefits from thoughtful trimming/adapting of the draggy parts, and a more precise sense of period, class distinctions.

Also Cast seems comfortable and some audiences might like how strictly this... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Funny, Intense, Slow

See it if You like stage fighting. It gets pretty intense.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Shakespeare. There are moments in this where they get the message across well, but it's inconsistent.

76
Competent, Unedited

See it if You love Shakespeare and Henry V specifically. This is the full script, no pruning to focus on the high points. Overall, well done.

Don't see it if You want a new interpretation or an edited version. This is a workman-like production - but it gets the job done.

77
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense, It's shakespeare!

See it if You love Shakespeare's Henry[s] and want to see V played with heart in an intimate space. The performances are worth the price.

Don't see it if You can't sit through an entire Shakespeare Henry play - this is NOT Hamlet/MacBeth, and they can't change the plot/dialogue!

74
Romantic, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like an intense and energetic performance emphasizing battle. Enjoy a large cast with a few standout performances.

Don't see it if you mind incoherent costuming and some poor enunciation making the prose difficult to understand. Some double roles.

78
Decent henry v with great lead

See it if you love Henry V. It helps to know Henry IV and the other histories on earlier reigns but is enjoyable regardless. Good acting, battles.

Don't see it if You mind even slight stumbling in your Shakespeare. While fine, this production is not perfect, And it runs some 3-plus hours.

Also Give me any Shakespeare history, any day. This play, circa 1598, is a ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like Shakespeare's historical plays or if you are interested in seeing the complete Henry V.

Don't see it if you prefer elaborate staging or can not appreciate an energetic though long production.

90
Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like your Shakespeare interesting in staging but respectful of and faithful to the material

Don't see it if You prefer grand productions with period details, or just don't like Shakespeare

Also A cast of excellent actors has a game go, using nothing but a bare sta... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You enjoy fantastic acting. The spare setting and costumes were perfect to showcase Shakespeare's language and the brilliant cast.

Don't see it if You prefer light entertainment.

75
Intelligent, Profound, Resonant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and are comfortable with performance in modern dress.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare or only want to see a traditional staging.

Also Overall a very good performance, modern dress and minimal staging allo... Read more Read less

82
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting

See it if you want to see a solid Henry V in a reasonable time... Some excellent actors and competent direction help this production greatly.

Don't see it if you're not that into Shakespeare or you have an issue seeing a grand scale production without the grand scale (very bare).

83
Clever, Great writing, Good acting

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare performed by talented if unknown actors; and can deal with minimal sets and costumes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a star-studded, glitzy production

70
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Dated

See it if you want to hear justice done to Shakespeare's text, you are interested in the story or in classical performances.

Don't see it if you need a lot of excitement or action, you don't want to sit through a play more than three hours in length.

49
Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Embarrassing

See it if Someone who has never seen Henry V before might find this interesting. The direction was awkward and the characterizations were wooden.

Don't see it if If you deeply love Shakespeare's plays and enjoy seeing many different interpretations of his plays, you will be disappointed.


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