Once more unto the breach for Alex Hassell in RSC’s Henry V

Alex Hassell in RSC's Henry V
Alex Hassell in RSC’s Henry V

The Royal Shakespeare Company continues its exploration of the Bard’s History plays with Henry V opening at Stratford-upon-Avon, before being broadcast to cinemas and transferring to the Barbican in London.

Alex Hassell, who played Prince Hal in both productions of Henry IV and recently played Biff Loman in Doran’s production of Death of a Salesman, returns to take the title role of King Henry. The production is directed by the RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran.

Doran’s history tetralogy culminates in January with King & Country at the Barbican, where the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death will be celebrated with a four-play season cycle of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V playing in repertoire.

Following the Barbican season, the Henry plays tour China and are then re-joined by Richard II in next spring for a season in the USA.

Alex Hassell in RSC's Henry V

This October also marks the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, while Henry V performs in Stratford-upon-Avon, bringing added resonance to the play which uses the battle as the famous centrepiece of Henry V’s reign.

The full cast for Henry V includes: Daniel Abbott, Martin Bassindale, Antony Byrne, Sean Chapman, Oliver Ford Davies, Nicholas Gerard-Martin, Robert Gilbert, Alex Hassell, Jim Hooper, Jennifer Kirby, Jane Lapotaire, Sam Marks, Dale Mathurin, Chris Middleton, Evelyn Miller, Keith Osborn, Sarah Parks, Leigh Quinn, Joshua Richards, Simon Thorp, Obioma Ugoala, Andrew Westfield and Simon Yadoo.

The Henry V Company will perform across all four plays of the King & Country cycle and are joined by David Tennant (Richard II); Julian Glover (John of Gaunt); Jasper Britton (Bolingbroke/Henry IV); Matthew Needham (Harry Percy/Hotspur/Mowbray) and Emma King (Lady-in-Waiting/Lady Mortimer/Doll Tearsheet).

Henry V will run at the RSC from September 12–October 25; be broadcast ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinemas on October 21 and play the Barbican from November 7–December 30.

King & Country runs at the Barbican from January 12–24.

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