Review Round Up…Henry V, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Shakespeare’s play is brought to life as part of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s season, directed by Robert Hastie and starring Michelle Terry in the title role. 

The Guardian: **** Michael Billington wrote: “this is an excitingly staged production in which armies clash by smoke-filled night and drums resoundingly echo from the auditorium’s towers.”

The Independent:*** David Lister wasn’t so sure about Michelle Terry’s performance saying: “But it’s a performance that is insufficiently imposing or charismatic.”

Evening Standard:*** Henry Hitchings found that: “The production has energy and an air of confident simplicity, though it’s also alert to the play’s ambiguities. It lacks a deeper emotional charge but it’s a striking statement about the precarious nature of kingship and the sheer diversity of the society over which — 600 years ago — Henry V had to reign.”

The Telegraph:**** Dominic Cavendish said: “the whole show delivers a vital wake-up jolt to us all in terms of reinvigorating the Shakespeare canon.”

WhatsOnStage: *** Holly Williams commented: “An interesting, fresh Henry V, then, rather than a heart-squeezingly moving one – but worth catching for Terry’s Harry.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Terry makes a fascinating Hal, giving us a strikingly mature monarch from the off.”

Time Out: **** “it all comes back to Terry: whatever gender she’s playing, that ringing voice delivering some of the most stirring speeches ever written is worth the prices of admission alone.”

British Theatre Guide: “Robert Hastie has created an accessible, at times funny and others deeply serious production that is far better than merely a gimmicky opportunity for a top actress to shine in an unlikely role.”

Henry V plays at the Open Air Theatre until the 9th July. To book tickets visit: Discount, Love, Theatre and UK



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