It has been announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production The Famous Victories of Henry V will arrive at London’s Barbican centre for one performance only.
This news follows its successful opening in Stratford-Upon-Avon and its tour to school halls and theatre spaces across the country. The production is directed by Owen Horsley and uses Shakespeare’s original language, while condensing the three plays Henry IV part one and two and Henry V into a 90 minute adventure for 8-13 year olds.
The Famous Victories of Henry V will introduce audiences to the notorious bad boy King Hal as he swaps his rebellious life on the streets in London for the battlefields of France to become one of the most famous heroes in British history.
As he makes his journey into adulthood, the plays will take the young audiences through a life that is filled with scandal, parties, family feuds, rebellions and new responsibilities – ending in victory as he becomes King Henry V.
This production takes place in the 600th anniversary since the battle of Agincourt, complementing the RSC’s upcoming cylce King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings .
Talking about the production, Director Owen Horsley said: ” Our production, which tells of how the wayward Prince Hal becomes a heroic and valiant King, is bold, dynamic and fun. With the help of our young audience we hope to create a lively show that celebrates the power of imagination and the wonder of theatre.”
Owen is Associate Director on Gregory Doran’s forthcoming productions of Richard II and Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V. He is also Artistic Director of Eyestring Theatre Company, and in 2010 became Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl, after being Declan Donnellan’s Assistant Director on a number of productions.
Other members of the creative team include: Simon Anthony Wells (designer) and Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown (fights).
The Famous Victories of Henry V will be shown at the Barbican for one performance only on the 19th November at 10am. for more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/the-famous-victories-of-henry-v/ .