Henry V (2019): Barn Theatre, Cirencester
PrHenry V (2019)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Alicia Charles (Bardolph); Elin Phillips (Fluellen); Lauren Samuels (Katherine); Aaron Sidwell (Henry V); Adam Sopp (Pistol); Sarah Waddell (Queen of France).
This production ran from 22 May - 22 June 2019.
Information comes from Theatre Record; may be incomplete.
"Shakespeare on stage stands somewhat harried amid a cultural battlefield at the moment. Who gets to do it and how is under scrutiny. Do you cut it, rewrite it, fully colour-blind cast it, gender-flip it, play it 'straight'? Since 2015, we've seen a conventional but compelling Henry V at the RSC, Michelle Terry finding an androgynous humanity in the warrior-king at Regent's Park, and recently Sarah Amankwah spiritedly taking on the mantle at the Globe, wooing a Katherine of France played by a male actor. The Barn in Cirencester - new kid on the block of regional producing theatres - enters the fray with modest resources, gutsiness and canniness, and no little risk to itself....Hal Chambers's fleet-footed, verve-filled and lucid account of the play achieves an Agincourt-like victory against daunting odds, speaking to disparate audience factions. Its chief selling-point is that it positions the action within a recognisably modern context....There's a lot of loud gunfire, some of it aimed at Alicia Charles's Bardolph (with whom the king has had a dance-floor fling, and whom he must steel himself to dispatch for looting)..." ~ Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph, 28 May 2019.