17 Nov Henry V
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone
Henry V will premiere at Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov Studio – before visiting Tobacco Factory Theatres in the autumn. The production will tour the UK after the Bristol season.
Bath Theatre Royal Ustinov Studio 21 June – 21 July 2018
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Tobacco Factory Theatres 12 Sept- 6 Oct 2018
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Midweek Matinee Performances: Thu 27 Sept & Thu 4 Oct 2.30pm
£12.00 tickets available to School, College and University group booking
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.’
Rosie Armstrong Bardolph/Williams and as cast
Alice Barclay Exeter and as cast
Melody Brown Mistress Quickly/ Gower and as cast
Alan Coveney Charles/Canterbury/Westmorland
Chris Donnelly Pistol and as cast
Luke Grant York /Constable and as cast
Heledd Gwynn Katharine
Ben Hall Henry V
Joanne Howarth Chorus/Burgundy and as cast
Corey Montague-Sholay Boy /Ely and as cast
David Osmond Fluellen/Cambridge and as cast
Zachary Powell Nym, Orleans and as cast
Amy Rockson Montjoy and as cast
Elizabeth Freestone Director
Lily Arnold Designer
Matthew Graham Lighting Designer
Giles Thomas Composer and Sound Designer
Lucy Cullingford Movement Director
John Sandeman Fight Director
Natasha Hyman Assistant Director
Dominic Power Script Consultant
Ben Hall plays Henry V
Elizabeth Freestone 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