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Henry V


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
Tobacco Factory Theatres 12 Sept- 6 Oct 2018

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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/ Macmorris
Alice Barclay
Melody Brown
Mistress Quickly/ Gower 
Alan Coveney Charles/Canterbury/Westmorland
Chris Donnelly Pistol 
Luke Grant York /Bourbon
Heledd Gwynn Katharine
Ben Hall Henry V
Joanne Howarth
Corey Montague-Sholay Boy /Ely 
David Osmond Fluellen/Cambridge and as cast
Zachary Powell Nym/ Orleans/ Jamy
Amy Rockson Montjoy


Elizabeth Freestone Director
Lily Arnold Designer
Matthew Graham Lighting Designer
Frazer Riches Relighter on tour
Giles Thomas Composer and Sound Designer
Ben Smith Sound Designer on tour
Lucy Cullingford Movement Director
John Sandeman Fight Director
Natasha Hyman Assistant Director
Isabella Matthews University of Bristol Placement/ Assistant Director
Dominic Power Script Consultant

Nic Prior Production Manager
Rosie Giarratana Company & Stage Manager
Cassie Harrison Deputy Stage Manager
Charlie Smalley Assistant Stage Manager
Francine Gyll Wardrobe Maintenance
Alix Abram Wardrobe Maintenance on tour

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.

Henry V Production photos. Photo credit: Craig Fuller


★★★★ The GuardianA fine, deeply thoughtful production, which raises the question of what war does to its victors as much as to its victims. Strong performances across the impressive ensemble cast’ Natalie Haynes

★★★★ The Times ‘Presented by the Bristol-based company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory with a drum-tight ensemble, it’s a deft and timely portrayal of a divided nation forced to rally behind an uncertain leader… moment after moment pierces and startles’ Sam Marlowe

★★★★ The Sunday Times The most intelligent, compelling and pertinent Shakespeare production I have seen for some time. A real accomplishment’ Patricia Nicol

★★★★ Stage ReviewA bold and exhilarating production’ Anne Cox

★★★★ Bristol Post ‘Crisply acted with rewarding innovations … a cast without fault’ Alan King

 BroadwayWorld UK ‘ Like the English at Agincourt, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory aren’t unshaken, but they are victorious’ Leah Tozer

★★★★ Plays To SeeThe dazzling cast produce a captivating performance of the history play than can be followed by both the Shakespeare-savvy and newcomers alike’ Max Haydon

★★★★ Inter:Mission This kind of Shakespeare couldn’t be purer, presented as we are with the grief and rage and passion of our own times, as the bard mirrored his own’ Hannah Green

British Theatre GuideFreestone’s Henry V has mined the personal and political divisions of the medieval world and found in them our own’ Claire Hayes

Bath Chronicle
‘Ben Hall as Henry leads a strong ensemble whose delivery is uniformly excellent  … engaging, fine acting and staging, a refreshingly new approach’ Jackie Chappell

Swindon Advertiser ‘Breath-Taking. An engaging, thrilling and deeply moving piece of theatre’ Sarah Singleton

Fine Times Recorder ‘A triumph… A thrilling, thought provoking version of Henry V’ Gay Pirrie – Weir

A Writer’s Life BlogTowering central performance in an impressive production. Ben Hall oustanding.. Also superb is Heledd Gwynn’s Katherine’ Crysse Morrison

★★★What’sOnStage ‘ The play’s the thing, as it’s always been for this terrific company’ Kris Hallett

★★★Stage ‘A realistic, at times brutally grim view of warfare, with Hall finding a voice of steel’ Jeremy Brien

★★★ Stage Talk MagazineA strong cast who are all at home in the language’

★★★ Bristol 24/7 ‘Freestone’s inspired move of combining the role of Dauphin with that of Katharine .. a pernicious force of nature that fights Henry at her every move, even in the jaws of defeat’


HENRY V Bridge Foundation Shakespeare Conference
Saturday 22nd September 2018  

Speakers: Jem Thomas, psychotherapist and Henry V director Elizabeth Freestone.

Please follow this link for further information: Bridge Foundation Henry V Programme

Thank you Bridge Foundation for another exhilarating morning
Othello Conference 2017

The Bridge Foundation, 13 Sydenham Road, Bristol BS6 5SH
Tel. 0117 9424510