By Bell Shakespeare
Amid a bombing raid in a war torn city, somewhere in the world right now, a group of children are sheltering underground. To get through the night the terrified kids put on an act of bravado – literally – and conjure up the heroics of King Henry V. This is his story…
When Henry V is manipulated by church advisors, taunted by French royalty and betrayed by English nobles, he has all the ammunition he needs to lash out and invade France. Or does he? Having executed conspirators, and vanquished enemy forces in Harfleur, Henry’s army is ‘weak and sickly’ as it staggers towards a showdown at Agincourt. The night before battle, the king endures a long dark night of the soul, where he hears first-hand about the fears and frailties of his outnumbered soldiers. But Henry has one last weapon up his sleeve: the power of words. And it may just be enough to save his men, his country and himself.
In an incredibly exciting new production of Henry V, Damien Ryan directs a contemporary version of this play inspired by a true story – for 71 consecutive nights during the Blitz in 1941, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed plays including the works of Shakespeare and would perform them for others in the shelter. Told through the prism of boys caught in a modern conflict our production will expose, in equal measure, the stirring heights and troubling depths of Henry V. On a broader level, it will be an unflinching examination of political spin, patriotism, religion, class, brotherhood and leaders of men.
‘There’s a reason the name Bell Shakespeare has become synonymous with quality theatre.’ – ArtsHub
This company knows how to make Shakespeare fresh, accessible and relevant.’ – Aussie Theatre
‘…one of our best Shakespeare directors.’ – Daily Telegraph on Damien Ryan
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTOR DAMIEN RYAN
DESIGNER ANNA GARDINER
LIGHTING DESIGNER SIAN JAMES-HOLLAND
Henry V – Brothers In Arms
The Events Centre
Tue 23 September 2014
Tickets: Full Price: $42.00 | Concession: $37.00 | Youth: $20.00 | Group of 10 or more: $16.00pp
Pre Show Dining: 5:30pm
Tickets: Full Price: $28.00
16 Sep 2014 - Bell Shakespeare presents the inspiring play 'Henry V' at The Events Centre, Caloundra
11 Aug 2014 - Bell Shakespeare production Henry V – Brothers in Arms
The Events Centre, Caloundra
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