"Henry V"

Classical Theatre Company

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Henry V

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!

If Shakespeare’s best-known history play ever needed a new title, it might be fair to call it Everybody Loves Harry. That Henry V casts the monarch in the shiniest of shining lights is clear, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing. The young king, whom audiences will have met in Henry IV, displays wit, wisdom, and military acumen, becoming a nearly ideal ruler. Indeed, he seems to have the market cornered on inspirational speeches, and could easily go toe-to-toe with the (non-fictional) Abraham Lincoln or JFK—although when you’re a dramatic representation of a real ruler and your speechwriter is William Shakespeare, you’ve got a bit of an advantage.

“Once more unto the breach” and the St. Crispin’s Day (“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”) speeches are rightly celebrated for their power and grace, but Shakespeare’s best scene in Henry V may be one of the least traditionally poetic. In the play’s final scene before the epilogue, the conquering king courts France’s Princess Katharine in a manner so unexpectedly sweet and honest that it can catch an audience every bit off-guard as the princess herself. Historically speaking, the playful, gentle dance between the two—one of whom “cannot speak your England”—might have been politically motivated, but Shakespeare’s command of both romance and humor ensures that it’s viewed not as a mere alliance, but as a true, honest connection between two very rich young people.

About Classical Theatre Company


The Classical Theatre Company is the only professional organization in the Houston area that exclusively produces classical dramas all year round. The reasoning behind this choice is simple: the company makes its mission to "boldly re-envision classical drama" by breathing new life into the works of authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, Ibsen, and Shaw.

During staged readings and full productions, CTC's artistic team always seeks inventive ways to "take old plays and give them a never-before­-seen quality." But despite their conceptual changes—such as setting Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in a Nazi concentration camp or turning Hamlet into an espionage thriller with ties to whistle-blower Edward Snowden—the company always respects the original playwrights and maintains the integrity of the original prose, often illuminating how many of those "old" plays are now more relevant than ever.

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