Gender swap Henry V ready for battle at Open Air Theatre

Michelle Terry in Henry V at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
Michelle Terry in Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Shakespeare’s epic Henry V is next up at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with its heroic king being played by renowned classic actress Michelle Terry.

Olivier Award-winning actress Terry has a wealth of Shakespearean roles to her credit, working at The Globe, RSC and the National. Other theatre credits include Privacy (Donmar Warehouse) and Before the Party (Almeida).

In 2011 she was awarded ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ at the Olivier Awards for her portrayal of Sylvia in the Royal Court Theatre production of Tribes.

Charlotte Cornwell takes the role of Chorus. Most recently seen at the RSC as Gertrude in Hamlet and the Countess in All’s Well That Ends Well, Cornwell’s theatre, film and TV career spans both sides of the Atlantic, including US productions of The History Boys, An Enemy of the People, Master Class and A Little Night Music.

David Sibley plays the Archbishop of Canterbury, the King of France and Sir Thomas Erpingham. He recently appeared in BBC’s War and Peace, as well as Edward II (National), Public Enemy, Sweet Nothings and Uncle Vanya (Young Vic) and Much Ado About Nothing (RSC).

Other casting includes Ben Wiggins playing Princess Katherine; Joy Richardson as the maid, Alice; Philip Arditti as Ancient Pistol; Phil Cheadle plays Bardolph.

Also confirmed are Catrin Aaron, Alex Bhat, Raphael Bushay, Ryan Ellsworth, Polly Frame, Beruce Khan, Syrus Lowe, Jack McMullen, Dyfrig Morris, Jess Regan, Cat Simmons and Dwane Walcott.

Henry V is directed by Donmar associate director Robert Hastie who is the new, recently announced, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres.

The 2016 season, which kicked off this week with Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild, also includes Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar (July 15–August 27) and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade (Sept 2–17).

Henry V runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from June 17-July 9.

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