"ISC's winter performances at the Hangar Theatre are the best thing Ithaca has to offer in that bleak season...This is a lively introduction to a crowning masterwork by the greatest storyteller the human project has yet produced." — Ithaca Times
The third production in our series of Shakespeare's history plays!
In Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke took the throne for himself, deposing and murdering the lawful king. In Henry IV, he fought to contain the rebellions that broke out against his rule, while his unruly son, Prince Hal, struggled to find his place in the world.
Now Henry IV is dead, and Hal has taken the throne as Henry V. As king, he must put his wild past behind him and find a way to unite his fractured country in a common cause. Taking his father's dying advice, he gathers the warriors who had rebelled against his father and leads them to war with France. There he wrestles with the responsibilities of kingship while attempting to mould his forces into a true band of brothers...before they must face a much stronger enemy at the battle of Agincourt.
Henry V is both a patriotic play and an anti-war play, the culmination of the coming-of-age story begun in Henry IV and a complex examination of leadership, warfare, and political morality. It has romance and comedy, some of Shakespeare's greatest speeches, and a devastating battle sequence that is unlike anything else that Shakespeare wrote.
Don't miss the continuation of this epic story at the Hangar Theatre in February!