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Henry V (BAM)

From 21 critic and 20 member reviews
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.

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "Doran’s interpretation, which deliberately takes a stance that’s neither pro-war nor anti-war, only sometimes pulses with vitality. Lewis’s sparse design isn’t atmospheric, and the lucid, studious and at times pedestrian approach is embodied by Oliver Ford Davies as the Chorus. His voice is reliably resonant and he misrepresents reality in ways that are interesting — but he looks like a rather crumpled history teacher." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production "There is a kind of conjuring in Gregory Doran’s production of 'Henry V'...Doran’s production is robust and clear and avoids triumphalism while staying clear of any specifically anti-war interpretation. Alex Hassell is a restrained, cautious Henry, not easily given to rhetoric...This psychological uncertainty is appealing; less so the lack of certainty in his voice, which early on muffles the verse." Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production "I find Hassell's hunky Henry a mixed blessing. He's good in repose...But his lack of vocal richness and variety, and his stumpy, stiff movement and gesture gives him a puppet-like absurdity...Mind you, this play always surprises in its shifts of tone and emphasis...Everything that's good about the production is in spite of the RSC mustiness that hangs about... Some of the small part acting is abominable." Full Review

Cast & Creatives (8)