Henry V

Henry V

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.


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


King Henry V Michael Sheasby
Dauphin/Nym/Gower/Westmoreland Matthew Backer
Fluellen/Orleans/Bedford Drew Livingston
Pistol/Bourbon/Gloucester Damien Strouthos
Montjoy/Boy/Bates/Salisbury Gabriel Fancourt
Princess Katherine/Grey/MacMorris/York Eloise Winestock
Mistress Quickly/Exeter/Alice/Williams Danielle King
Bardolph/Le Fer/Ely/Scroop/Jamy Darcy Brown
Chorus/Archbishop/King of France Keith Agius
Constable/Burgundy/Governor/Court Ildiko Susany

CANBERRA | 13–28 June
Canberra Theatre Centr
e, The Playhouse
*Audio Described Performance | Saturday 28 June 2014, 2pm

MELBOURNE | 1–12 July
Arts Centre Melbourn
e, Fairfax Studio
*Audio Described Performance | Saturday 12 July 2014, 2pm

SYDNEY | 21 October – 16 November
Sydney Opera House
, Playhouse

Also touring nationally.


All Performances (excluding Saturday 7:30pm)
Adult $75
Senior $68
Concession* $65
Groups of 8 or more $65
Under 30† $35

Saturdays at 7:30pm
Adult $79
Senior $75
Concession* $72
Groups of 8 or more $72
Under 30† $48

Previews $45

These prices are applicable for performances at Canberra Theatre Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House only. Transaction fees may apply.
*Concession applies to Australian Pensioners, Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students and MEAA members. Proof of concession must be provided.
†Available to people turning 30 or under in 2014. Proof of age must be provided.


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


incredibly moving… 4.5 STARS HERALD SUN

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is delightfully scrappy and relentlessly energetic… Ryan’s direction of his youthful cast pays off flawlessly. 4 STARS DAILY REVIEW

The result is that this Henry V is much more emotionally resonant than most modern productions. 4 STARS ARTSHUB

unmissable theatre CANBERRA TIMES

There could be few productions of Henry V scrappier, less heroic or more affecting than this. THE AUSTRALIAN

…a striking and atmospheric ensemble production with an impressive command of Shakespeare’s verse. 3.5 STARS THE AGE

This kind of connection is exactly what we should be doing with Shakespeare. THE CONVERSATION

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is a glorious and tangible production, and only further cements their dominance over the Shakespeare scene in Australia. AUSTRALIAN STAGE



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Henry V