Henry V

Previewed 17 June 2016, Opened 22 June 2016, Closed 9 July 2016 at the Open Air Theatre in London

A revival of William Shakespeare's Henry V in London starring Michelle Terry in the title role.

Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the King that led them to it. A charismatic leader in the flush of youth commits his troops to war. The risks are huge; the cause debatable; and bloodshed certain. - "Once more unto the breach" - As England triumphs at the Battle of Agincourt during her quest to win the French crown, Henry V becomes one of the great warrior kings leading "we happy few, we band of brothers".

The cast features Michelle Terry as 'King Henry' with Catrin Aaron, Philip Arditti, Alex Bhat, Raphael Bushay, Phil Cheadle, Charlotte Cornwell, Bobby Delaney, Ryan Ellsworth, Polly Frame, Beruce Khan, Syrus Lowe, Jack McMullen, Dyfrig Morris, Jessica Regan, Joy Richardson, David Sibley, Cat Simmons, Dwane Walcott and Ben Wiggins. Casting subject to change without notice. Directed by Robert Hastie with designs by Anna Fleischle, movement by John Ross, lighting by Joshua Carr, music by Yaron Engler and sound by Avgoustos Psillas.

When this production opened here in June 2015 Patrick Marmion in The Daily Mail commented that "the most radical innovation in Robert Hastie’s muscular, uncompromising production is casting Michelle Terry as the warlike Harry." Henry Hitchings in The London Evening Standard highlighted how "Robert Hastie's gender-blind casting, which extends to several of the supporting characters, allows one of our best Shakespearean actors to get her teeth into a part that mixes inspiring rhetoric with a willingness to be a 'plain soldier'. The result is a lucid, fresh performance." Michael Billington in The Guardian praised "the astonishing Michelle Terry" adding that "Robert Hastie’s highly intelligent production gives the casting a context." Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph hailed "Robert Hastie's revelatory revival of Henry V," saying that "the whole show delivers a vital wake-up jolt to us all in terms of reinvigorating the Shakespeare canon." Ann Treneman in The Times commented: "I don't care if a man or a woman — or even a spaniel — plays Shakespeare's warrior king, as long as I believe it. I found Michelle Terry intermittently convincing, but usually only, oh deadliest of words, interesting. I didn't believe for a moment... that s/he had inspired anyone unto the breach." Neil Norman in The Daily Express hailed Michelle Terry's "outstanding performance in a good production." Ian Shuttleworth in The Financial Times described how "Anna Fleischle’s spare design begins with the cast more or less in mufti, gradually increasing the levels of formal (though modern) costuming so that by the military campaign all are in full fatigues. The production likewise draws us in gradually but compellingly."

The weather Every theatre performance is unique, but this is especially the case here at the Open Air Theatre where both the stage and auditorium seating are completely uncovered and open to the elements. It is therefore best to come prepared for all types of weather. It is particularly important to bring a jumper for the end of evening performances. Bad weather may mean that performances have to be stopped and be re-started but, on average, 94% of performances are completed each season. In the event that the performance is abandoned due to bad weather, no refunds are given, but you can exchange your tickets for a future performance. Performances are never cancelled prior to the start time. Please speak to a member of staff on the evening.

Michelle Terry's London stage credits include Thea Sharrock's revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit with Penelope Keith at the Savoy Theatre in 2004. Robert Hastie's West End directing credits include the acclaimed 20th Anniversary revival of Kevin Elyot's comedy My Night With Reg at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014 and subsequent transfer to the Apollo Theatre in 2015.

Henry V in London at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park previewed from 17 June 2016, opened on 22 June 2016 and closed on 9 July 2016.


Jude Law in Henry V 2013

Previewed 23 November 2013, Opened 3 December 2013, Closed 15 February 2014 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London

A major revival of William Shakespeare's play Henry V starring Jude Law and directed by Michael Grandage.

The cast for Henry V in London stars Jude Law as 'King Henry' with Ron Cook as 'Pistol', James Laurenson as 'Exeter', Jessie Buckley as 'Princess Katharine' along with Harry Attwell, Jason Baughan, Norman Bowman, Richard Clifford, Ian Drysdale, Noma Dumezweni, Michael Hadley, Edward Harrison, Christopher Heyward, Fred Lancaster, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Rhys Meredith, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Maddie Rice, Matt Ryan and Ashley Zhangazha. Directed by Michael Grandage with designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Neil Austin and music and sound by Adam Cork.

"That this play can still feel urgent more than 400 years from when it was written was proved by Nick Hytner's revival at the National Theatre a decade ago. But much rests on the actor playing Henry V, and while Jude Law is perfectly competent, his muse of fire seems set to moderate. Rugged and virile, he's very blokey, right-on rather than regal, and without the vocal range to make you hang on to his every word... Fascinatingly, in a play that often seems determinedly macho, the most intimate scenes featuring the female characters are, in this production, invariably the best. Jessie Buckley, who plays the delightfully shy French Princess Katharine, brings out the sweetness and twinkly humour in Law's Harry. It makes you want to see him in a comedy." The Mail on Sunday

"The final production in Michael Grandage's impressive West End season has a raw, grainy, documentary feel to it. There are a lot of familiar old stagers involved - for instance, Ron Cook as Pistol and James Laurenson as Exeter, respectively and typically, comedic and grand - but it is Law's no- nonsense Henry that sets the tone... It is the performances rather than the spectacle which make this production so special. Law is at the centre of it all, but Jessie Buckley's delicate, aristocratic beauty and lightness of touch make her Princess Katharine a joy to behold. She achieves with Law a strong chemistry, and their courtship - supposedly cementing a new peace with France - is played out with aplomb." The Sunday Telegraph

Henry V in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 23 November 2013, opened on 3 December 2013 and closed on 15 February 2014.