The Famous Victories of Henry V (2015): Royal Shakespeare Company, First Encounters with Shakespeare for Younger Audiences touring production
PrThe Famous Victories of Henry V (2015)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Daniel Abbott (Mistress Quickly); Martin Bassindale (Prince Hal/Henry V); Evelyn Miller (Hotspur/Dauphin); Simon Yadoo (Falstaff/Henry IV).
This production toured to schools in the late spring and early summer of 2015. Complete dates are not known, but the production visited Hull, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle--under-lyme, Leicester and Cornwall. It also played in the Swan Theatre on 12 June 2015.
"On the morning of the Othello opening in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC held a press performance of their latest 'First Encounters' educational initiative in Clifton Primary School in Birmingham....The distillation of the plays by director Owen Horsley...is similar, with the Henrys to Phyllida Lloyd's all-female version at the Donmar Warehouse last year: a concentration on Part One - the Gadshill escapade, the mock trial, the battle at Shrewsbury - and, from Part Two, just the death of the king and the rejection of Falstaff scene...There's a delightful, imposing double from Simon Yadoo as Falstaff and Henry IV. Martin Bassindale is a boyish, febrile Prince Hal (more interesting than Alex Hassell's in the main company version), Evelyn Miller striking as both Hotspur and the Dauphin, Daniel Abbott downright hilarious as a bosom-heaving, Caribbean-sounding Mistress Quickly." ~ Michael Coveney, Whatsonstage.com, 12 June 2015.