Thursday, 13 November 2014

Henry V

Bell Shakespeare Company

I have to admit I generally shy away from Shakespeare plays which, aside from a couple of his more famous works, I find difficult to follow for two reasons. First, I know little of the plots of these other works and second I've always had difficulty focusing on his language and therefore generally find myself losing my concentration completely.

It would not have been my choice to see 'Henry V' of which I knew nothing but My suggested that we do so following rave reviews for this production by the Bell Shakespeare Company. I'm glad that she did.

An ensemble of mostly young performers, ten names all unknown to me, provide a vibrant and brilliantly performed play in the setting of a classroom under siege during the blitz of Britain. The staging, with its wonderfully choreographed movement is simply magnificent.