Henry V
Drama

Barbican

Henry V

07 Nov 2015 - 30 Dec 2015

£10.00 - £75.00

Pro reviewers rating
16 reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
  • Cast and creatives
  • Venue details
Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

The RSC team continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays with the conclusion of this epic tale.

Reviews are from the RSC, Stratford-on-Avon

Barbican [Off West End]

“Holds us captive with its understated power... [Hassell] bears himself with hypnotic self-possession... Career-making stuff. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Crystalline intelligence and thoughtful detail... The hardest of the history plays to do well... done magnificently. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Hassell’s Henry is neither schoolboy hero nor war criminal but a guilt-ridden king with humanity. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Quietly exciting production... Hassell gives a performance that’s deeply felt and lightly played... Thoughtful and richly human”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Strong and fluid... with glancing nods to modernism... Hassell improves as the action marches inexorably forward. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Hassell is excellent... This richly rewarding Henry V shows us the loneliness of kingship and the power of history to inspire us”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Revived with huge flair and bite... Hassell... has now become a square-jawed, unsmiling monarch... Vivid. suffering f”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A delight... The deft comic thoughtfulness as to the role of the Chorus really makes this production... A lot of fun. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Doran’s production is robust and clear and avoids triumphalism while staying clear of any specifically anti-war interpretation. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“A clear-sighted telling of the story, but one that needs a tougher edge for our troubled times. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Makes sense of its protagonist... Hassell's Henry learns to lead... Doran struggles to draw the whole together. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“I find Hassell's hunky Henry a mixed blessing... Everything that's good about the production is in spite of the RSC mustiness. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Rigid self-control doesn’t make his Henry sympathetic, but it does suggest the practical demands of wearing the crown. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Hassell and his voice, at times reedy, too soft, leaden, struggle to fill [the Barbican stage]. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A pedestrian production stumbles its way to a Pyrrhic victory at Agincourt. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Flat, charmless, skating over tough things - Doran's production is the puniest Shakespeare I've seen for a long time. ”

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