This show was well directed. That is why it received a B and not lower. It is apparent that the director used the Saint Crispin’s Day speech as a concept for the play, because the idea of a band of brothers was used well. However it seemed the actor playing Henry V, Harry Judge was in a very different production that was all about him. Having known some that have worked with Judge in the past this is common for productions he is in. I can understand the directors choice of him for Henry being selfish in the way that Shakespeare wrote the play, but I think Judge needed to make contact with his fellow actors and create moments with them and not worry about doing it on his own.
The actor that stole the show was Greg Vinkler playing both Ensign Pistol and King Charles VI. The amount of play he put into Pistol in direct contrast to the stifled character of Charles proved to me that he deserves at least kudos for a job well done. Most of the actors played duel roles and most did quite well except Samuel Taylor who in one of his roles played The Daupin and every time he spoke I wanted to climb on stage and muzzle him. He did make choices, but those choices were bad and perhaps thats the director’s fault for not bringing him back to reality. For him it seemed like he made the character a caricature when everyone else in the show was believable and real.
The best part of the show was the talk back at the end of the Wednesday matinee that I attended. I got to learn a bunch about the the show and why some choices were made and some of the Shakespearean history.[button link=”http://plays.patrickstinson.com/category/b/”]Grade: B[/button]