This script was adapted for the 2016 Cranked Anvil Shakespeare Season.
Running time is approx 1hr 30 mins.
This setting for this production was during the First World War. A group of wounded soldiers in a military hospital – bored with passing the time by playing cards and half-heartedly singing songs – are given a copy of Shakespeare’s Henry V to read and act out. As the play develops the themes of war are more and more heightened and examined, culminating in a sombre note of reflection.
Dialogue is pared right down to the very basics, making it sound modern whilst still telling the story of Henry and his lust for war.
The original production was placed third in the Best Shakespeare Production category in 2016 from the North East Theatre Guide Awards. It also received local BBC radio and TV coverage.
This edited and updated script is available. Please contact me to request info.