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Henry V (BAM)

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Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent
85
Avg Score

80
Masterful, Intense, Epic, Solid acting, Intelligent

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.

93
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

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.

84
Energetic, Moving, Dynamic, Great acting, Great staging

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.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound

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.

89
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Slow

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

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

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.

89
Profound, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Enchanting

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.

91
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

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!)

76
Great acting, Great staging

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

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful

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.

85
Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

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.

79
Lovely work. always a pleasure to be in the harvey. especially interesting if you get to see more than one in the series.

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.

86
Ambitious, Delightful, Epic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like Shakespeare and appreciate good acting and beautiful design.

Don't see it if you don't like classical theatre

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

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

85
Masterful, Great acting, Cliched

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.

76
Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like Shakespeare and great acting. Fabulous scene of wooing French wife

Don't see it if You do not like classic staging or only see musicals

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

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.

70
Funny, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Masterful

See it if If you like historical comedies

Don't see it if If you are more into dramatic shows, and do not enjoy history

During previews
80
Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Funny

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.


April 4th, 2016
"Mr. Hassell’s Hal pivots convincingly from errant playboy to determined warrior, and ultimately, of course, to an inspiring Henry V...After many hours of discord and strife, the final scene of 'Henry V' lands with particular grace...Mr. Hassell and Jennifer Kirby’s tangle-tongued flirtation tugs...
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April 6th, 2016
"Superbly mounted by the Royal Shakespeare Company under the firm, intelligent (and often funny) direction of Gregory Doran...Handsome and slyly charismatic, Hassell crafts the most complex, coherent Prince Hal I’ve ever seen, a privileged bully and sullen subject all at once."
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April 6th, 2016
"The most difficult of the four to stage, with its many battle and encampment scenes. With the same few actors running in diagonals in flashing light, the production seemed to have run out of tricks and troops. The laughs here are also less hearty...It would almost be a downer were it not for the...
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April 4th, 2016
"The productions fully succeed in their goal of plunging us into their world of royal intrigues and epic battles...Alex Hassell has the challenging task of portraying the dissolute Prince Hal's elevation into the commanding figure capable of stirring his troops to battlefield glory. He's more eff...
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