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Henry V

© Craig Fuller

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is thrilled to be welcoming Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory to the stage with their production of Henry V, by William Shakespeare. 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.’

Ben Hall (Coriolanus and Salome, The RSC) joins the company for the first time to play the title role, Henry V; Heledd Gwynn (ICE Road, Raucous Theatre and Holby City, BBC) plays Katharine; Joanne Howarth (Parliament Square, Manchester Royal Exchange/Bush and Nell Gwynn, ETT/Shakespeare’s Globe) plays Chorus/Burgundy and Alice Barclay (The Grinning Man, Bristol Old Vic and War Horse, The National Theatre) plays Exeter.

Also featuring in the cast are Rosie Armstrong (This Land, Dangerous Corner); David Osmond (Dial M For Murder, Dangerous Corner); Melody Brown (House and Garden); Alan Coveney (Othello, Tartuffe); Chris Donnelly (Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III); Zachary Powell (Othello); Amy Rockson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and joining as recent graduates of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are Corey Montague-Sholay and Luke Grant.

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) is a touring ensemble based in Bristol, producing Shakespeare and other classic work. The company was founded in 1999 by Andrew Hilton. Elizabeth Freestone – stf’s fourth guest director to date – directs Shakespeare’s great history play Henry V – the first time the company has presented this magnificent play.

Henry V has seven performances at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, from Tue 30 Oct until Sat 3 Nov, including an Audio Described performance Sat 3 Nov at 2pm, with a Touch Tour available before the show on request.

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at www.theatreroyal.org/henry-v or visit the theatre in person.