Henry V is one of Shakespeare’s “History Plays” and is the sequel to Henry IV, although
it is often performed as a standalone play in its own right.
The wild Prince Hal in now Henry V, and in order to play down his wild past and show he is an authoritative ruler he decides to go to war with France over a dubious claim to French land. This production sees four soldiers take on all the various parts to retell this story of political dissatisfaction and civil unrest.
Andy Burden, the former artistic director of the Rondo Theatre during its assent to becoming one of the UK’s most well respected small theatres and whose accolades include Alice Through the Looking Glass (The Tobacco Factory, Bristol), directs. He decided on the use of just four characters to tell the story "in a more succinct way ... with a more modern pace."
The Henry V tour starts at Salisbury Arts Centre on 1 October 2011 and ends at The Bike Shed in Exeter on 22 October. Full tour listings (including dates at Hull Truck) can be found at www.andyburden.com.
- Katherine Graham