One of William Shakespeare’s most famous tales of war and desire, Henry V is a sweeping epic where the French crown is at stake. An aggressive, muscular drama, Henry V traces a dynamic warrior king and his band of followers through the brutality of battle in which the crusaders confront both enemy opposition and their own internal struggles.
Henry V is one of Shakespeare’s history plays, fictionalizing the life of the titular English king who invades France to claim the crown he believes is his. Through assassination plots, stirring stump speeches, and treacherous warfare, Henry V is also its own kind of romance as the king strives to woo and marry the French princess, winning her hand and the opportunity to unite the two opposing nations. A sweeping story of war, ambition, and love, Henry V asks audiences to consider what kind of leader would be most fitting to serve a fractured world.
May 31st, 2023
August 21st, 2023
The famed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents one of Shakespeare’s greatest dramas,Henry V, a clash of ambition and leadership that exposes the chasm between what we wish for and what is granted. Henry V picks up where Henry V Part II leaves off, but no knowledge of that preceding work is needed to enjoy and contemplate this sprawling wartime epic.
A French diplomat brings the English king an embarrassing gift, a cold gesture that ignites Henry’s pursuit to claim the French crown. However, by rejecting others in pursuit of his own kingship, Henry has embittered some of his old friends, who then plot his death. As Henry seeks to win international power, he must also defend his name back home, revealing the price of leadership, ambition, and war. Presented outdoors beneath a cavernous tent, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Henry V is a full-scale experience and lavish, regal production.
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