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Shakespeare’s Henry V is all Greek to you June 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Europe.

Scenes of battle are to hit Walthamstow tonight with an open-air production of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

The history play is chock full of armoured action, sword fighting and political intrique and will be luxuriously costumed with clothes borrowed from the Royal Shakespeare Company. The production, by The Greek Theatre Players, will show in the amphitheatre in the grounds of Walthamstow School for Girls, on Church Hill, from today until Saturday and again from Wednesday to Saturday next week.

The Greek Theatre Players have been putting on a summer Shakespeare play for almost half a century. And the company’s secretary, Helen Greenhall, promised “rousing speeches that stir the spirit, comic exchanges to relieve the tension, and a gentle encounter with a French princess as night falls and the lighting glows will provide something for everyone in this truly romantic setting”.

Henry V, who was born in 1387 and reined from 1413 to 1422, was one of the great warrior kings of the Middle Ages who united Britain and France under one throne. Part of a tetralogy, the play is one of three following mediaeval monarchs Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, and it looks at the events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years War.

In 1989 Kenneth Branagh made a film of the play, with himself in the title role.

Tickets cost £7 with concessions £4, and are available at the gate. Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. Take blankets to sit on and extra clothes in case it gets cold.

Ring 8551 2958 for more information or visit www.greektheatreplayers.org.uk

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