BAM, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University present the final chapter of Shakespeare's four plays about the House of Lancaster. More…
Reckless youth morphs into kingly ambition as the once wayward Prince Hal takes full command of the crown. Prince Hal suffers wrenching self-scrutiny on the eve of battle, tongue-tied ineptitude in the face of love, and lingering guilt in the wake of fatherly sin. Director Gregory Doran goes once more unto the breach in the final play of Shakespeare’s epic cycle staged to mark the 600th anniversary of Henry V’s decisive victory in the Battle of Agincourt.
See it if you like Sh histories. Strong ensemble speak the verse clearly. Well-drawn characters. Pyrotechnics to wake up dosers. Rousing war scenes.
Don't see it if you prefer a trimmed version. Some scenes are tedious. There's a strange modern narrator device.
See it if Want to see the Royal Shakespeare Company execute a perfectly directed performance with skill, humor and unsurpassed acting.
Don't see it if You cannot follow Shakespearean language and wit. Or are too lazy to listen intently - or leave a cell phone on.
See it if You love Shakespeare, or dynamic depictions of war and fighting manhood. A very solid production by the iconic RSC. Hal and Falstaff great.
Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare or historical plays. Note that you do NOT need to see Henry IV to enjoy this; it stands on its own.
See it if you love shkspre. H V is rarely performed so grab the chance. The intense intrigue & battle scenes are leavened by a lovely, comedic ending
Don't see it if you want a light comedy. This play is full of war. Also: no more Falstaff, alas.
See it if you love Shakespeare and BAM. Another beautifully costumed and staged production for BAM, a very talented Henry and astonishing Catherine
Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through the unedited play. Could easily have cut out some scenes in the first act, to the good of all
See it if Alex Hassell is a fine Henry V (Prince Hal) and this is a fine production of a stirring and emotionally moving play. Highly rewarding show.
Don't see it if You saw the other plays, you love Shakespeare, so HENRY V is a must. No reason not to see it. Even without Falstaff, it's thrilling. Go.
See it if you like Shakespeare, great acting, and plays with cool battles/fight scenes
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, or you're in the mood for something light and short.
See it if you want to see an excellent production with interesting, different choices. Fun interpretation of the "Once more unto the breach..." speech
Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare. (But you're missing out!)
See it if A difficult play to direct as it is an combination of history, tragedy, comedy, and romance. This production saved by wonderful acting.
Don't see it if a long Shakespearean show is not to your taste
See it if you want to see a sumptuously staged, epic performance of this complex play with charismatic, nuanced performances
Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare stagings more abstract or less conservative
See it if You want to see a clear, moving, often humorous production of a great play. A highlight is the warrior king's wooing of Katherine of France.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare and don't want to have your mind changed.
See it if you want to see a really good interpretation of some of the most famous speeches of Shakespeare in context.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare.
See it if You want to see a thoughtful clear HENRY V.
Don't see it if You can't stay with British history for three hours.
See it if you want to see a well done Shakespeare play. The lead is fantastic, and I don't think I could have found a better version of this text
Don't see it if You aren't interested in Shakespeare. They are not always super fast paced (it is 3 hours) - or if you are super tall, because small seats
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.
See it if You are familiar with the rest of the Henriad. There are definitely a few references which would be confusing without context.
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare. The Bard would be proud of the RSC's Cycle of Kings, I think.
See it if For Alex Haskell, Oliver Ford Davies, Greg Doran's work, as part of the Henriad plays, and the RSC. They know their stuff.
Don't see it if Leans toward the traditional, but not entirely a bad thing. The set is better used in their Richard II, I thought. Loud bangs: war play.