A young king exercises his ambition in the RSC’s take on Shakespeare’s incisive drama Henry V. Context is everything, so get even closer to the show with this curated selection of related articles, interviews, and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #KingandCountry.
Henry V—Rebellion Broached (BAM Blog)
Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro describes how Shakespeare’s Henry V paralleled the Earl of Essex’s attempt to curtail rebellion in 1599.
Shakespeare's Henriad (BAM Blog)
Written in part to fuel nationalist sentiment during the Golden Age of Elizabeth I, Shakespeare’s Henriad is a sweeping study of power squandered, seized, and dumped in the proverbial lap.
Folger Gems (BAM Blog)
Shakespearean scholar James Shapiro discusses the promptbooks, rare quartos, and other treasures from the Folger Shakespeare Library on display during King and Country.
Synopsis: Henry V (KingAndCountry.org)
Study up now. Disappear into Shakespeare’s language later.
Watch & Listen
Gregory Doran on King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings (BAM blog)
In a rich conversation with eminent Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran sheds light on the four plays.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Henry V (KingAndCountry.org)
Context and more context for the RSC’s epic production—including cast video interviews and information, production shots, and more.
Alex Hassell on Henry V (YouTube)
“His desire to cut loose might be still in there somewhere,” says Hassell of his youthful character.
Oliver Ford Davies on the Chorus (YouTube)
“He is the unreliable narrator,” remarks Davies of his peculiar role in Henry V.
Now your turn...
What did you think? Did England and France, Henry and Katherine, convincingly unite? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #KingandCountry.