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    Jude Law may look like an unlikely hero, but he doesn't put a foot wrong in Michael Grandage's thrilling production of Henry V
    The Daily Telegraph
    Jude Law's performance as Shakespeare's contradictory king brings to mind John Sutherland's provocative essay
    The Guardian
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Jude Law stars in Shakespeare’s popular play about the bloody horrors of conflict as the finale of Michael Grandage’s “Season of Five Plays” at the Noel Coward Theatre. Henry V follows the brutish, tightly-wound King who vies for a fight with the Dauphin of France. Emerging victorious, Henry is forced to tread the fine line between capturing France and losing England.

Hollywood actor Jude Law stars in Shakespeare’s bloody Henry V, the grand finale in Michael Grandage’s sell-out season at the Noel Coward Theatre. Taking place across 2012-2013, Grandage has directed a series of plays that have seen famous faces Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, David Walliams, Sheridan Smith and Daniel Radcliffe grace the stage. Now, Law takes on the role of the famous King in Shakespeare’s well-known play about nationhood.

Investigating the bloody horrors of war and a turbulent land in crisis, Henry V follows the brutish, arrogant and tightly-wound King, who itches to start a fight with the Dauphin of France. When the resulting Battle of Agincourt leaves Henry V victorious, he is forced to tread the fine line between capturing France and losing England in the process. As Henry takes on a disguise to determine his popularity with his troops, he learns a lot more than a thought. A celebration of England’s military might, Shakespeare’s play takes a hard look at the bloody horror of conflict.

Henry V sees Law and Grandage reunite for the third time, their collaboration beginning in 2009 with Hamlet, and continuing with Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse. Law is best-known for his extensive film credits, including Sherlock Holmes, Anna Karenina, The Holiday, Closer and Alfie. I’d Do Anything’s Jessie Buckley plays opposite as Princess Katharine, with stage credits including The Tempest and A Little Night Music. Further cast members include Norman Bowman (Finding Neverland, Mack and Mabel, Twelfth Night), as Nym/Williams, Michael Hadley (King Lear, Othello, The Boat That Rocked) as Canterbury and Prasanna Puwanarajah (Silk) as Mountjoy.

Additional cast includes Harry Attwell as Grey/Gower, Jason Baughan as Bardolph/Bates M. Le Fer, Richard Clifford as Ely/King Charles VI, Ron Cook as Pistol, Ian Drysdale as Cambridge/Constable, Noma Dumezweni as Mistress Quickly/Alice, Edward Harrison as Westmoreland, Christopher Heyward as Macmorris/Orleans, James Laurenson as Exeter, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Dauphin/Scroop, Matt Ryan as Fluellen and Ashley Zhangazha as Boy.

Directed by Michael Grandage (Peter and Alice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Henry V features set and costume design by Christopher Oram and lighting design by Paule Constable, with original compositions and sound design by Adam Cork. Opening as the finale in Grandage’s “Season of Five Plays” at the Noel Coward Theatre, Jude Law stars in Henry V until February 2013.

Sorry this show closed 15 February 2014, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
14 Dec 2013 - 15 Feb 2014
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes.
Noel Coward Theatre (See map)
Audience Notes:
Fans of Jude Law will enjoy seeing him at the top of his game in this Shakespeare play. Those who enjoy Henry V will find this revival hugely engaging. Please note that this production features bloody battles and scenes of violence, which may not be suitable for children. Those with parental guidance may enjoy the production.

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