|February 18 - March 22, 2015|
Young and brash King Henry V of England sets out to repair his broken nation after a bloody civil war, and discovers the challenges of leadership are greater than he ever imagined. From Henry's rousing battle speeches to courting the Princess of France, Shakespeare explores what makes a man a king... and a king a man.
Learn more about the history of Henry V in our easy-to-read dramaturg notes.
Critic and Audience Comments
“...this is an extraordinarily fine small-scale production of a supremely great history play, performed on an open stage in a 118-seat theater by six men and two women, all of them outstanding... Mr. Helsinger’s staging is propelled by a strong comic energy that is never allowed to undercut the high seriousness of the proceedings. You’ll laugh—plenty—but not at the heroism that is Shakespeare’s point, and the clamorous battle scene (ingeniously lighted by Eric T. Haugen) is spectacular in a way I wouldn’t have thought possible in so intimate a setting.” - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“What is remarkable about this production is that a company of just eight actors covers over 40 roles; flawlessly bouncing between costumes and accents... the precision of the cast and direction is enthralling. Whether or not you are a Shakespearean historian, this is a theatrical event that you will not want to miss." - Matt Tamanini, Broadway World Orlando
Starting 30 minutes before each performance of Henry V, an Orlando Shakes actor leads the audience through a discussion of the plot, themes, and major characters in the production.
Henry V is a gritty drama about the English King's bloody conquest of France. Violent battle scenes are depicted on stage, including realistic sword fights, stabbing, and death. The play is best suited for ages 13 and up. Click here for more specific parental guidelines.