Henry V (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
Henry V (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)

Henry V (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) London Reviews and Tickets

(9 Ratings)
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Great acting, Confusing, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

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The first production of Shakespeare's history play at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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79 Reviews | 6 Followers
Confusing, Disappointing, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the enchantment of the Sam Wanamaker; you're okay with "takes" on Shakespeare that aren't 100% faithful to the original

Don't see it if you prefer Shakespeare "as is," especially sans emphasized modern paralells Read more

59 Reviews | 19 Followers
Slow, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You want to experience the Globe in the winter! This indoor space is stunning.

Don't see it if You’re easily bored by an action-less history play. The play itself is not terribly interesting & this production was hard to connect to

36 Reviews | 0 Followers
Riveting, Masterful, Epic, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love modern takes on Shakespeare. This version has some liberties, but for me they paid off. This is powerful, uncomfortable theatre.

Don't see it if You prefer faithful retelling of this text.

25 Reviews | 2 Followers
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in how re-interpretations can bring fresh relevance to old texts

Don't see it if you're a purist who just wants to see a straightforward performance "as it was meant to be" Read more

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
Rushed, Confusing, Not impressive, Thought-provoking, Modern

See it if already have read and seen Henry V multiple times and want to see a new perspective performed by a diverse cast

Don't see it if want to understand the plot from the first view: you might get confused with oversimplified costumes, characters constantly switching roles

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
Masterful, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You love modernized Shakespeare that edits the original text.

Don't see it if You are easily confused with Shakespeare and gender-bending characters.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if want to see a fresh take on this Shakespeare classic.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a fresh take on this Shakespeare classic...

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if (Note: This is the Globe 22/23 production) It’s a clever, modern take on Henry V, interrogating patriotism and royal entitlement.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward “noble King” yelling inspiring speeches on a battlefield.

Critic Reviews (9)

November 25th, 2022

"It's an immense task to revolutionise a play whose meanings and morals are so embedded into its tradition. This production has the right ideas, but too many concepts are at stake."
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The London Evening Standard
November 28th, 2022

"It’s performed on a stage bare apart from a few chairs, with a largely young cast in everyday clothes playing multiple roles. And it’s intense. ... It’s a typically bold ending to a fresh and vivid interpretation."
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The Times (UK)
November 28th, 2022

"There are no heroes on this battlefield, only humans fighting for survival. With other members of the cast doubling roles, Henry seems a more dominant figure than ever."
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London Theatre
November 29th, 2022

"I’ve long seen this play treated as a referendum on the making of a warrior-king but Roughan re-casts a potential study in jingoism as a chilling anatomy of one man’s slide into savagery."
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 25th, 2022

"This is a fast, slick, spare production that rarely skimps on detail as it digs deep beneath the play’s presentations of power, nationhood and, yes, pesky testosterone."
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November 25th, 2022

"At times it feels the text has been overly contorted to the vision, there is no doubting its power. Never before have I found the play so discomfiting."
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The Arts Desk
November 26th, 2022

"This … is very much a Henry V for our times … It’s something of an antidote to the season’s prevailing bonhomie and tinsel, but this bold interpretation is well worth a visit from those interested in alternative histories and hidden motivations."
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The Guardian (UK)
November 24th, 2022

"This is a coruscating production about the desperate grasp for power, and how it does no man or country any good."
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