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O for a muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention:
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene.

This collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe will launch a national tour of Henry V –- Shakespeare’s masterpiece about the turbulence of war and the art of peace. Portraying the romantic story of Henry’s campaign to recapture the English possessions in France, the charismatic King’s ambitions are challenged by a host of vivid characters caught up in the real horrors of war.

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, the play which opened the new Globe celebrates the power of language, summoning into life courts, pubs, ships and battlefields.

Shakespeare’s Globe has been one of the great success stories of the last decade
The Observer

Shakespeare’s Globe in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present Henry V at Liverpool Playhouse prior to a national tour and its run at the Globe Theatre in June.  


Summary of Henry IV Part 1 & 2

The play begins with Henry of Bolingbroke ascending the throne as Henry IV after deposing King Richard II and the coming of age of Prince Henry. The plot moves back and forth between the unhappy court of Henry IV and the vulgar world of the tavern in which Sir John Falstaff presides over his group of rascals where is joined by the fun-loving Prince Hal. Prince Hal and Falstaff join the fighting and Hal kills the rebel Hotspur. The play concludes with King Henry and Hal leaving for Wales to confront the rebels.

At the same time, Prince John of Lancaster (John of Gaunt), Hal's younger brother, heads toward York to do battle with rebel forces led by the Earl of Northumberland (Hotspur's father) and the Archbishop of York.

There is much confusion when the fighting is over but the royalists defeat the rebels. More fighting starts and once again Sir John Falstaff appears in the plot encouraging Prince Hal in his boisterous ways. The rebels are finally defeated and peace reigns. On his death-bed, King Henry is reconciled with his son, who has begun to distance himself from Falstaff and his former companions. Sir John Falstaff is banished and a new, mature Hal accepts the crown as Henry V.


Thu 12 Apr to Sat 28 Apr at the Playhouse

Evenings: 7.30pm

Matinées: Thu 19th and 26th at 1.30pm / Sat 21st and 28th at 2pm

Tickets: £10 - £21

Age: 8+

Running time:  3hrs (includes an interval)

Afterwords: Mon 23 Apr

Page to Stage: Thu 19 Apr

Audio Described performanceAudio Described: Fri 20 Apr

Captioned PerformanceCaptioned: Sat 28 Apr (Mat)

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  • 'Archbishop of Canterbury' Henry V costume designs by Jonathan Fensom
  • Jamie Parker as Henry V (c) Bronwen Sharpe
  • 'Dauphin' Henry V costume designs by Jonathan Fensom
  • Jamie Parker as Henry V (c) Bronwen_Sharpe
  • 'John Bates' Henry V costume designs by Jonathan Fensom
  • Jamie_Parker as Henry V (c) Bronwen Sharpe

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