What You'll Get
- $20 for one general-admission ticket (up to $35 value)
- Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, June 12, at 3 p.m.
- Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, June 19, at 3 p.m.
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.
Image from 2015 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Fine Print
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About Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Theater should inspire wonderment. That's the view at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, an artistic organization dedicated to bringing new life to William Shakespeare's words. Each of its productions aims to burrow beneath the play's familiar surface, finding deeper explorations into psychology, government, and philosophy. This approach brings new life to the timeless works—TSC's Macbeth, for instance, highlighted the civilian cost of civil war, while an all-female Julius Caesar embodied "a bold new way to look at honor, womanhood, and power," according to The Commercial Appeal. That same sense of exploration is extended to contemporary pieces.