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SummerStage in Harlem: ‘Henry V’ by William Shakespeare
Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Explore the thoughtful, funny, belligerent diplomacy of King Henry V with The Classical Theatre of Harlem as they interpret William Shakespeare’s classic. The young King Henry V takes the throne, his dying father’s advice to “busy giddy minds with foreign quarrels” ringing in his ears. His reputation as a fun-loving lad who’s lived among the common folk inspires love from commoners and disregard from his enemies. He lays claim to France, and invades the country with a “band of brothers.”
Join CTH’s exploration of what it means for a king to bear the burdensome expectations of the crown—and the people to bear the expectations of the king—as Henry V works to win the hearts of all.
Director Jenny Bennett pilots a nonstop, intense scrutiny of kings and citizens in this play that dissects humanity’s warmongering with gripping actors, a thrilling score and fierce dance.
The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) is a professional theatre company founded at the Harlem School for the Arts. In each of its productions, which have included numerous works by playwrights such as Shakespeare and Euripides, CTH is dedicated to returning the “classics” to the stages of Harlem, to nurturing new, young and culturally diverse audiences, and to producing theatre that truly reflects the diversity of ideas and the racial tapestry of America.