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85-88 St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4AU

Henry V

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Closed February 15, 2014

A compelling and charismatic performance by Law

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Closing out the sell-out 15-month Michael Grandage season in 2012/13, this Shakespearean tour de force proved to be as popular with the public as it was with the critics.


Jude Law, formerly rom-com playboy, takes on the brutish tightly wound war-mongering King, who itches to start a fight with the sneering Dauphin of France. The resulting Battle of Agincourt sees Henry V victorious, but before victory is assured, we see him snoop around his battle camp in disguise, to guage his popularity with the troops. Flawed, trigger-happy and vulnerable, Henry must navigate a fine line between gaining France - but risk losing England in the process. Shakespeare's play is both at once a celebration of England's past military glories, whilst at the same time can be considered an anti-war play that takes a hard look at the bloody horror of conflict.

Henry V was the final play in the critically acclaimed Michael Grandage "Season of Five Plays" at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2013, which saw the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, David Walliams, Sheridan Smith and Daniel Radcliffe appear in various plays.


Law's lead role in Henry V was his third collaboration with Grandage; in 2009 with Hamlet, and later in the Donmar's production of Anna Christie that marked the latter's final season as Artistic Director.

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Previews from: 23 November 2013

Opening night: 3 December 2013


Henry V is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Cast and Creative


Harry Attwell
Jason Baughan
Norman Bowman
Jessie Buckley
Richard Clifford
Ron Cook
Ian Drysdale
Noma Dumezweni
Michael Hadley
Edward Harrison
Christopher Heyward
Fred Lancaster
James Laurenson
Jude Law
Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Rhys Meredith
Prasanna Puwanarajah
Maddie Rice
Matt Ryan
Ashley Zhangazha


Directed by Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Design by Christopher Oram
Lighting Design by Neil Austin
Composer & Sound Design by Adam Cork 

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16 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)

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Stephan W: “Shakespeare at face value”

I am glad to have seen this show. Theatre does not always have to be... more

Wendybell: “Fantastic ”

Mesmerised by Jude Law's dazzling performance. Brilliant!! A must see!... more

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