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Henry V – Beverley Minster

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Ben Horslen, John Riseboro Composer: Christopher Peake Musical Director: Rosie Williamson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Antic Disposition’s inspiring production of Henry V does far more than update the Shakespeare play into a Great War setting. That would have been trite in comparison with what Ben Horslen and John Riseboro have achieved, though appropriate enough for the 600th ...

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Henry V – Middle Temple Hall, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Ben Horslen and John Risebero Composer/Musical Director: Christopher Peake Reviewer: Michael Gray   This unique staging of Henry V premièred last year in the Temple Church. Now, before setting off on a tour of English Cathedrals, it's moved around the corner to the equally evocative Middle Temple Hall, one of the very few performance spaces still ...

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Bardolph’s Box – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Nicola Pollard Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin There are several ways to introduce children to Shakespeare. Popping them on the edge of the arena, imitating the Bard's original Groundlings, seems to do the trick. Working with children can be perilous but with very little prompting, Bardolph manages to keep the show on track. Bardolph is a pal of the young Prince ...

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Henry V – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Poster Image of Henry V at Theatre Royal Wakefield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Ellis Designer: Florence Hazard Lighting: Christopher Nairne Reviewer: Ron Simpson Merely Theatre’s approach to Shakespeare is highly inventive, imaginative and very fast. The company’s publicity describes its stripped back productions as having “no gauche sets, frilly collars or fussy props”. True, but on the evidence of Henry V, they do have quite a lot of ...

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CBSO: Henry V – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Henry V - CBSO

Conductor: Edward Gardner Reviewer: Sam Chipman This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare: the world renowned bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. Even centuries after his death his plays are performed, readand studied ceaselessly around the globe – a testament to his genius. Music features prominently in Shakespeare’s playsand this concert features work that has been inspired by ...

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The Sun and the Moon: Shakespeare’s Lovers – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Melissa Barrett Music: David Johnson Director: Sun &Moon Theatre Reviewer: Lucy Corley Armed with only a rail of costumes, a guitar and a single chair, two-person company Sun &Moon Theatre have set themselves the challenge of performing iconic scenes from nine Shakespeare plays in an hour-long tour through the various shades and forms in which the ...

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Henry the Fifth – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Ignace Cornelissen, inspired by William Shakespeare’s Henry V Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Bernie Byrnes [rating:4] It seems that family theatre is under increasing pressure to offer bigger and bigger sets and more and more elaborate gimmicks as they struggle to keep the attention of a generation of youngsters raised on CGI and computer games. It was refreshing, therefore, to ...

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Henry VI trilogy, York Theatre Royal

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Ray Taylor [rating:5] On what is officially the hottest day of the year so far, Globe Theatre’s staging of the whole of the Henry VI trilogy in one day calls for a huge amount of stamina and concentration both for the company and the audience. The results are an unequivocal triumph. The Company ...

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