From the 2018-2019 Season: Henry V Playing March 02, 2019 to March 24, 2019

A Suzi Bass Awards Recommended Show

Special for Henry V: All Student Tickets are $15
(Any seating area. Includes Friday Preview. Excludes Saturday nights)

Jonathan Horne (Photo by Daniel Parvis)

The Tavern becomes the “wooden O” as Prince Hal accepts his calling to the throne, becoming King Henry V. After making a claim on the French throne, Henry leads his Englishmen into battle - a battle that looks to end the life of Henry, his men and England. In a rallying cry on St. Crispin’s Day, Henry calls on his men to fight for “God, Harry, England, and St. George!” The Battle of Agincourt is decided, as is the hand in marriage of a French Princess to a certain English King. Join us for Shakespeare’s most patriotic and inspiring play.

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Sponsored by Dr. C. Matthew Palmer

Join the cast and crew members for a lively Question and Answer session on Sunday March 10 after the show! 

Read the Plot Synopsis

Synopsis for Henry V

Henry V hears the Archbishop of Canterbury’s explanation of the “Salic Law”, which justifies the royal claim to the French throne, and sends word to the Dauphin that he will fight in France. Before the army sails, Bardolph, Nym and Pistol learn of Falstaff’s death from Nell Quickly, new Pistol’s wife; at Southampton the King sentences three traitors to death.

Henry takes Harfleur; Princess Katherine of France has an English lesson from her confidante, Alice; and Henry’s outnumbered army prepares to fight at Agincourt. Walking among his troops, disguised, on the night before the battle, the King debates with three soldiers, prays for success, and at sunrise delivers his famed rallying cry.
The battle is fought and won, with great losses to the French, and “of our English dead”, fewer than thirty.

At a final meeting in the palace of the French King, peace is made; Henry, with attractive gaucherie, proposes to Princess Katherine and she accepts him. Chorus, who has set the scene on five occasions, now comes out to end the play: “Small time, but, in that small, most greatly lived/This star of England.”

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Director's Notes

Directed by Andrew Houchins

Show Information


Act One: 75 minutes
15 minute intermission
Act Two: 70 min
Show will end around 10:30pm / 9:30pm Sundays

Show Roles

Performances March 2-24, 2019

Dramatis Personae

Chorus - Olivia Dawson*
King Henry V - Jonathan Horne
Duke of Gloucester - Alexandra Pica
Duke of Bedford - Mary Ruth Ralston
Duke of Exeter - Maurice Ralston*
Duke of York - Sariel Toribio
Duke of Clarence - Chole Kay
Earl of Salisbury - Alyson Swann
Earl of Westmoreland - Jeff McKerley*
Earl of Warwick - Emily Russ
Archbishop of Canterbury - Jeff McKerley*
Bishop of Ely - Chloe Kay
Earl of Cambridge - Erik Poger Abrahamsen
Lord Scroop - Alyson Swann
Sir Thomas Grey - Chloe Kay
Sir Gower - Bridget McCarthy
Sir Thomas Erphingham - Jeff McKerley*
Fluellen - Mary Ruth Ralston
Macmorris - Natalie Karp
Alexander Court - Alyson Swann
Jamy - Jeff McKerley*
Bates - Sariel Toribio
Alexander Court - Alyson Swann
Williams - Vinnie Mascola
Nym - Paul Hester*
Bardolph - Vinnie Mascola
Pistol - Charlie T. Thomas
Hostess of the Boar’s Head (Mistress Quickly) - Bridget McCarthy
Charles VI of France - Jeff McKerley*
Isabel, Queen of France - Bridget McCarthy
Princess Katherine - Chloe Kay
Lewis, the Dauphin - Joshua Goodridge
Duke of Burgundy - Vinnie Mascola
Duke of Orleans - Natalie Karp
Duke of Britaine - Sariel Toribio
Duke of Bourbon - Emily Russ
Constable of France - Erik Poger Abrahamsen
Rambures - Emily Russ
Grandpre - Emily Russ
French Soldier - Bridget McCarthy
Governor of Harfleur - Charlie T. Thomas
Alice, lady to Katherine - Natalie Karp
Montjoy, a French herald - Paul Hester*
English Herald - Alyson Swann
Boy - Antonia LaChé
Messengers - Emily Russ, Alyson Swann
Ensemble - Maurice Ralston*
Bardolph Understudy - Kenny Petroski
Williams, Burgundy Understudy - Nick Reid

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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