Damien Ryan’s vision for Henry V is inspired by a true story – in 1941, for 57 consecutive nights during the London Blitz, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed a new play each week and would then perform it for others in the shelter. This production explores the rite of passage that violence and conflict offer as a threshold to manhood. It confronts the fact that – for all the horrors of war – true courage and brotherhood can inspire remarkable achievements.
In this gripping new Henry V, a talented young cast tell the story of a king who unites his ‘band of brothers’ and a nation with his eloquent words and ideas, his triumphs and humanity. When the battle is won, this production will leave you feeling uplifted and exhilarated with the belief that the impossible is possible.
RECOMMENDED FOR Years 9–12
HOW LONG? 2 hours and 30 minutes (including interval)
English: Language, Literature, Literacy; The Arts: Drama, Theatre Studies, Entertainment Industry; Humanities and Social Sciences: History
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By William Shakespeare
Director Damien Ryan
Designer Anna Gardiner
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis
Vocals Composer Drew Livingston
Movement & Fight Director Scott Witt
Dialect & Voice Coach Jess Chambers
Assistant Director Susanna Dowling
SEASON 13 June – 15 November 2014
CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
Dedicated schools matinee: Thursday 26 Jun 11am*
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Dedicated schools matinee: Wednesday 12 Nov 11am*
Other matinees: Wednesday 29 October 1pm, Wednesday 5 November 1pm
*Followed by a 15-minute Q&A with the actors.
All shows $30 per student
Teachers at student prices
One complimentary teacher ticket per 20 student tickets
Ticket prices to Henry V regional performances are at the discretion of the presenting venue. Please contact them directly for information.
THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE
We allocate seating in order of receipt of booking form so if you want to reserve the best seating, make sure you book early. Special seating requirements must be advised at the time of booking.
BOOKING EVENING PERFORMANCES
Can’t take your students out of class? You can now bring your students to a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening performance at the matinee price of $30 per student. There are a limited number of tickets available at this price so make sure you get your booking in early.
HENRY V NATIONAL TOUR AND REGIONAL ACCESS PROGRAMME
To support the national tour of Henry V, our team of Arts Educators will visit regional venues presenting complimentary workshops to help students prepare for the show they’re booked in to see. Workshops cover plot, characters, design aspects and key insights into the production so everyone can get the best out of their in-theatre experience. Contact your local venue to book your complimentary workshop.
Canberra Theatre Centre, The Playhouse | 13–28 June
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio | 1–12 July
Frankston Arts Centre | 15 July
Albany Entertainment Centre | 19 July
State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth | 23–26 July
Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton | 29 July
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre | 1 August
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs | 5 August
Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale | 8 August
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat | 12–13 August
Westside Performing Arts Centre, Shepparton | 14 August
Albury Convention and Performing Arts Centre | 16 August
The Capital, Bendigo | 19 August
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre | 21 August
Wagga Wagga Civic Centre | 23 August
Griffith Regional Theatre | 26 August
Warrnambool Entertainment Centre | 28–29 August
Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre, Nunawading | 30–31 August
Theatre Royal, Hobart | 3–6 September
Orange Civic Theatre | 12–13 September
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre | 16 September
NORPA, Lismore | 19–20 September
The Events Centre, Caloundra | 23 September
Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland | 25 September
Gladstone Entertainment Centre | 27 September
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre | 1 October
Townsville Civic Theatre | 4 October
Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton | 7 October
Laycock Street Theatre, Gosford | 10–11 October
The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie | 14 October
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith | 16–18 October
Sydney Opera House, Playhouse | 21 October – 15 November