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Henry V Theatre Review
William Shakespeares Henry V is one of the major historical plays that was first
performed in 1599 and probably published in the same year (Shakespeare 34). As one of
Shakespeares influential history plays, Henry V has been criticized by a number of people due
to its overall impression of the production. Even in 2015, it seems, Henry V remains a
dependable guide of our altitudes of producing plays. Currently, there is new production of this
play which is believed to be more revised, but more contradictory. The director Gregory Doran
takes a more typical approach, seeking out and sightseeing the plays contradiction as part of a
developing history cycle. It is important to note that most of the current productions depend on
the universality of Shakespeares masterpiece (Moseley 27). The continuing popularity of these
productions partly reposes with their power to talk to the audiences shared understandings of
Even though Shakespeare wrote ten historical plays, Henry V is the only one that starts
with a repudiation that it is, indeed a play. Before the play starts, the audience observes a plain
stage, bearing nothing but a marginally rusted steel seat on a wooden podium. The chorus
introduction corroborates to the ability of the audiences imagination in offering the classic scope

for such classical events, but it also demonstrate a weakness of the company on the description
because it is self-deprecation. The audience can observe the entire backside of the stage, where
there are braces waiting to be used by the characters in the play. Precisely, Henry V narrates the
reign of famous English ruler Henry V, based on his remarkable military battle against France in
the beginning of fifteen century (Shakespeare 49).
While most criticizers concede that Shakespeare anticipated to illustrate a loyal
description of legendary recognized hero, some modern theatrical analyses and scholarly
readings have tended to emphasize the ambiguous nature of Henrys personality. This is because,
the audience can reflect Shakespeares altitudes and concepts during his era, and stress that the
play was initially created at a moment when the English population was keenly loyal and
charmed with heroes. For the massive majority of its stage performance, Henry V can be termed
as a direct festival of a king who would become Englands major military hero (Shakespeare 49).
The moral ambiguity of this play advances itself to both pre-war and pro-war productions of
play. However, the unambiguity of Henry alone on the stage help stress that he is a heroic king.
The scenes before the war, as the play progresses, comprise more actors, and even when they
begin fighting on the stage, it always appears as if they are few compared to what audience might
The cast is consistently resilient, never astounded by their attire or the approaching,
spacious set. In this case, Henry V has a mysterious power to reflect the spirit during his era.
Much precise, the set design and costume design of the characters perfectly match their roles in
the play. However, some of the characters costumes, require a slight more consistency to match
their anticipated roles as well as the conditions of the surrounding. Henry V play is a classic
production that attempts to match every scene with its anticipated mood and consume design.

Besides its outstanding cast and compact production design, its well conformed presentation
succeeds so well because it inspires the audience on how early famous king performed. There is
much humor in the play, as a counterpoint to the more critical scenes, involving various
characters. The performances are outstanding, particularly when a youthful-looking Henry draws
out both the cheek, mobility and warmth of the king, at the same moment retaining the traces of
the injured soldier. The plays great dramatic scenes and well-known monologues are carried off
impressively and gently in his hands, he appears to carry off a great part, the actual unshakable
poetry, with an easy appeal (Shakespeare 34). As the light outsides fades away, we are drawn into
the moody world of this specific play, where suffering is overwhelmed by solidarity.
However, there is a twist in the plays plot because the lines appear out from nowhere as
though newly-casted and give the play sentiment, color, sense of space and cohesion, hence
generating emotions to the audience. In some scenes, the play gets the audience laughing, but it
provides nothing to engage viewers with the hard issues of the production, given the important
extra hindrance of much more speaking. Presumably, most of the characters go at a tactless run,
and some typically do not have appropriate projection and articulation abilities, which may
expound an overall lack of security in characterization (Moseley 27).
Conclusively, Henry V play is a classic production that attempts to match every scene
with its anticipated mood and costume design. Besides its outstanding cast and compact
production design, its well conformed presentation succeeds so well because it inspires the
audience on how the early famous king performed. It present a nave glorification of the early
English monarchy and its ideals. However, Shakespeare did not overwhelm traits of the history

of the era of which he was flawlessly aware, and instead present his own powers of moral and
political analysis.

Work Cited
Moseley, C W. R. D. Shakespeare's History Plays: Richard Ii to Henry V : the Making of a King.
Tirril, Penrith: HEB, Humanities-Ebooks, 2009. Internet resource.
Shakespeare, William. Henry V Play. 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.

Shakespeare, William. Henry V. Place of publication not identified: Filiquarian Pub, 2007. Print.