17 Nov Henry V
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Henry V will premiere in late summer 2018 at a prominent UK venue – to be announced next year along with a full touring schedule – before visiting Tobacco Factory Theatres in the autumn. The production will tour the UK after the Bristol season.
BRISTOL BOOKING INFORMATION:
Henry V runs at Tobacco Factory Theatres from Weds 12 Sept-Sat 6 Oct 2018
Midweek Matinee Performances Thu 27 Sept & Thu 4 Oct 2.30pm
Priority Booking for Tobacco Factory Theatres is from: 11:00am on Monday 22 January 2018
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Public booking at Tobacco Factory Theatres opens on Thurs 25 January
Henry V – ‘I think the king is but a man.’
A divided nation. Trouble on the continent. An ambitious young prince.
Emerging from his wild youth with a sense of purpose and adventure, Henry V wages war on France with devastating efficiency. But at what cost? How can he be a good leader and a good man? What compromises must be made in the name of victory?
Shakespeare’s play is a thrilling examination of the nature of power. It explores the burden of leadership and explodes the myth of heroism. It depicts the powerful and the powerless fighting side by side. With characters drawn from across the United Kingdom, the play is a democratic portrayal of the ruler and the ruled.
Henry V compels us to examine our place in the world and look at our complex relationship with patriotism. Above all it speaks of the moral responsibility of our leaders: ‘Every subject’s duty is the king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.’
Image: Elizabeth Freestone (Photo credit R. Stanton)
‘I’m so pleased to be working with stf on this production, digging in to this rich and exciting play. I’m particularly interested in how Shakespeare includes the whole of society on the Agincourt battlefield – kings, captains, soldiers and civilians – all given equal voice about these important issues. The questions Shakespeare raises about leadership and national identity are at the forefront of all our minds; it feels a good moment to interrogate those ideas.’ Elizabeth Freestone on Henry V
Elizabeth trained at Rose Bruford College, The National Studio and the RSC. She was Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company from 2012-17.
For the RSC, Elizabeth’s directing work includes The Comedy of Errors and The Rape of Lucrece, a radical interpretation of Shakespeare’s poem which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival before touring internationally to five star reviews and sell-out performances. As part of the RSC’s 50th birthday she directed Caryl Churchill’s seminal play, Softcops. Her other theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare’s Globe and international tour; The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone, Dr Faustus and The School for Scandal at Greenwich Theatre.
PRESS REVIEWS FROM OTHELLO 2017
★★★★ The Observer ‘…one of the best I have seen…belongs to that theatre’s distinctive tradition. Spare but incisive. Cutting to the quick. It does not impose: it unlocks.’ Susannah Clapp
★★★★ The Guardian ‘Director Richard Twyman’s riveting production excels at depicting the racial and religious tensions underlying Othello and Desdemona’s peril’ Lyn Gardener
★★★★ The Times An astute take on Shakespeare leaves jealousy, racism, politics and manipulation nowhere to hide on its stark boxing ring stage’ Ann Treneman