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Henry V

When:

Thu 3 Mar 2016, 7:00pm–9:40pm
Fri 4 Mar 2016, 7:00pm–9:40pm

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Website:

Listed by: sharu3

“For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother…”

Shakespeare’s epic exploration of war, brotherhood, and what a man will sacrifice to become one of history’s greatest leaders, is given a transformative touch by leading producers Shakeitup! and Sharu Loves Hats. Turning the Shakespearean tradition of all-male casts on its head and presenting a new and contemporary vision, this innovative version of a traditionally testosterone-driven Henry V features a massive 40-strong all-woman cast of our finest female talent.

Henry V, 26-year-old King of England, leads his rag-tag army on a bloody adventure in France.

In Shakespeare’s theatrical masterpiece the audience is transported from the intimate intrigues and politics of royal courts to epic battles between mighty armies, following a young King destined to carry the weight of two countries on his shoulders as he secures the future of both – and in so doing, comes of age. Led by British based international performer Jennifer Matter in the titular role, this season of Henry V will also feature previous Shakeitup! company members including award-winning actress Katherine Kennard (Nothing Trivial, Sparticus) as the Herald of France; Jennifer Freed (Ash vs Evil Dead, The Insatiable Moon) as The Dauphin, the Prince of France and enemy to Henry V; as well as Maxine Cunliffe (AUSA Midsummer Night’s Dream) in the pivotal role of Chorus. Audience favourite Alison Quigan (Shortland St, former Artistic Director Centrepoint Theatre) will also make a cameo appearance, in addition to a special performance from one of Auckland’s most experienced Shakespearean performers/directors, Lexie Matheson.

“It's a wonderful opportunity. The cast is really strong, Jennifer Matter is an inspired choice, and I'm excited to play a role that's written entirely in medieval French. Actually, I'm chuffed just to be in it at all! I've been a fan of the director Grae Burton for many years and it's terrific to finally get to work with him. So, very excited,” says Matheson.

Produced by Shakeitup!, a Shakespeare company acclaimed for its unique reinventions of Shakespeare in performance, in conjunction with established producer Sharu Loves Hats, and supported by The Wallace Arts Trust, this Henry V season not to be missed.

Since 2014 Shakeitup! under the guidance of Artistic Director Grae Burton has produced 2 touring seasons of Shakespeare anthologies, Passionate Acts and Shakespeare’s Rebels. Burton was previously Artistic Director for the Nelson/Tasman tour of Summer Shakespeare for five years, Tour Manager and company member for The Ugly Shakespeare Company and toured Asia with 13 Shakespeare Productions including Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.

Burton says: “Auckland audiences are in for a treat and definitely should not miss this rare opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and evocative productions, with this utterly unique rendition.”

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