Henry V (2016)

17 June – 9 July

By William Shakespeare

This production was staged at the Open Air Theatre in 2016. 2016 was the perfect time to stage a play about England's relationship with its European neighbours, as we celebrated Shakespeare’s creative influence in national and global culture on the 400th anniversary of his death. Staged on the eve of the Chilcot report into why our country goes to war, and whom we trust to take us there, Henry V was directed by Donmar Warehouse Associate Director Robert Hastie, with Olivier Award-winning actress Michelle Terry in the title role. "Stiffen the sinews, this female Hal is a revelation" Daily Telegraph

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Daily Telegraph

"Robert Hastie's REVELATORY REVIVAL ...cuts to the heart of its concerns. A vital wakeup jolt to us all"


"Michelle Terry is RIVETING. This is an excitingly staged production in which armies clash by smoke-filled night and drums resoundingly echo"

Time Out

"Michelle Terry brings a touch of danger to Shakespeare's warrior king. For all the streak of darkness at its heart, this is A KINETIC, FAST-PACED PRODUCTION that...absolutely nails the comedy - Alex Bhat is hilarious as a loserish Dauphin. But it all comes back to Terry: whatever gender she is playing, that ringing voice delivering some of the most stirring speeches ever written is worth the price of admission alone."

The Stage

"(Michelle Terry’s) a superb orator, her delivery FRESH and INTELLIGENT, sometimes DISARMINGLY GENTLE, sometimes COMPLETELY COMMANDING. She has such a way with verse, the words sphere in her mouth and she packs nuance and emotion into every line. A TRIUMPH for Terry. She is one of the most capable Shakespearean actors around.” (The Stage)

Daily Mail

"In Robert Hastie's MUSCULAR, UNCOMPROMISING production, Michelle Terry as the warlike Harry... is every inch the lion: England's answer to Joan of Arc."

The Arts Desk

"It’s immersive qualities place us in the thick of the action: soldiers spill out into the aisles, drummers pound a blood-pumping rhythm behind us, and…the “blast of war” does indeed blow in our ears”

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