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    Henry V By William Shakespeare

    • 12 Sep -
      06 Oct 2018
      12 Sep - 06 Oct 2018

    Directed by Elizabeth Freestone

    We are delighted to welcome Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) to Tobacco Factory Theatres in the autumn with their production of Shakespeare’s great history play Henry V – the first time that stf has presented this magnificent play.

    I think the king is but a man.

    A divided nation. Trouble on the continent. An ambitious young prince.
    Emerging from his wild youth with a sense of purpose and adventure, Henry V wages war on France with devastating efficiency. But at what cost? How can he be a good leader and a good man? What compromises must be made in the name of victory?

    Shakespeare’s play is a thrilling examination of the nature of power. It explores the burden of leadership and explodes the myth of heroism. It depicts the powerful and the powerless fighting side by side. With characters drawn from across the United Kingdom, the play is a democratic portrayal of the ruler and the ruled.

    Henry V compels us to examine our place in the world and look at our complex relationship with patriotism. Above all it speaks of the moral responsibility of our leaders: Every subject’s duty is the king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.

    • RUNNING TIMEApprox. 3hrs (inc. interval)
    • TICKETSFrom £12 (limited availability). Please select Buy Tickets for more details.
    • VENUE


    7.30pm / Tue 18 September 7pm

    Matinees Thu 27 September & Thu 04 October 2.30pm
    Sat 2.30pm

    No show Sun

    POST SHOW TALK Please join us after the 2.30pm performance on Thu 27 September for a free post show discussion.

    • ****

      "A fine, deeply thoughtful production, which raises the question of what war does to its victors as much as to its victims. Strong performances across the impressive ensemble cast"

      The Guardian
    • ****

      "Presented by the Bristol-based company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory with a drum-tight ensemble, it’s a deft and timely portrayal of a divided nation forced to rally behind an uncertain leader… moment after moment pierces and startles"

      The Times
    • ****

      "The dazzling cast produce a captivating performance of the history play than can be followed by both the Shakespeare-savvy and newcomers alike"

      Plays To See
    • ****

      "The most intelligent, compelling and pertinent Shakespeare production I have seen for some time. A real accomplishment"

      The Sunday Times
    • ****

      "A bold and exhilarating production"

      The Stage
    • ****

      "Crisply acted with rewarding innovations … a cast without fault"

      Bristol Post
    • ****

      "Like the English at Agincourt, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory aren’t unshaken, but they are victorious"

      Broadway World UK
    • "Ben Hall as Henry leads a strong ensemble whose delivery is uniformly excellent … engaging, fine acting and staging, a refreshingly new approach"

      Bath Chronicle
    • "Breath-Taking. An engaging, thrilling and deeply moving piece of theatre"

      Swindon Advertiser
    • "A triumph… A thrilling, thought provoking version of Henry V"

      Fine Times Recorder

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