Review: Henry V

Review of Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’.

The Oxford Culture Review

Luke Rollason’s production of Henry V is the most entertaining theatrical experience that money can currently buy in Oxford. Quite different to the usual garden play that serenely takes place by the Worcester College lake every summer, this winter production transports its audience from the English courts to the muddy battle fields of Agincourt and back again, travelling through the college and its gardens. This is not a production for the faint-hearted (or those with an aversion to leeks), but if you like your theatre full-blooded, interactive, and engaging, then this is the play for you.

Henry V is the Shakespeare play that perhaps best lends itself to this kind of staging (indeed, Creation Theatre attempted a similar production last year). Traditionally, it is left to the Chorus to conjure up the images required by the multiple scene changes and chaotic battle scenes. When you have the entirety of…

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