Henry V

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Event details

  • Tuesday 16 October - Saturday 20 October
  • Please refer to timetable below
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

Presented by Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory
by William Shakespeare

Directed by Elizabeth Freestone

‘I think the king is but a man.’

A divided nation. Trouble on the continent. An ambitious young prince.

Emerging from his wild youth with a sense of purpose and adventure, Henry V wages war on France with devastating efficiency. But at what cost? How can he be a good leader and a good man? What compromises must be made in the name of victory?

Shakespeare’s play is a thrilling examination of the nature of power. It explores the burden of leadership and explodes the myth of heroism. It depicts the powerful and the powerless fighting side by side. With characters drawn from across the United Kingdom, the play is a democratic portrayal of the ruler and the ruled.

Henry V compels us to examine our place in the world and look at our complex relationship with patriotism. Above all it speaks of the moral responsibility of our leaders: ‘Every subject’s duty is the king’s, but every subject’s soul is his own.’

‘A fine, deeply thoughtful production, which raises the question of what war does to its victors as much as to its victims.’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘The most intelligent, compelling and persistent Shakespeare production I have seen for some time. A real accomplishment.’ ★★★★ The Sunday Times

‘A bold and exhilarating production’  ★★★★ The Stage

There will be an after show talkback on Thursday 18 October.

Schools workshops are available to accompany these performances, specifically tailored for your group. These are available for both primary and secondary schools. Please click here for more details.

Date Time
Tuesday 16 October 7.30pm
Wednesday 17 October 2pm 7.30pm
Thursday 18 October 7.30pm
Friday 19 October 7.30pm
Saturday 20 October 2pm 7.30pm
Date Tue – Thu Fri – Sat
Downstairs £17.50 £19.50
Balcony £15.50 £17.50

Concessions receive £2 off

Dukes Supporters receive an extra £1 off

Schools: £12.50 and one teacher free for every ten students