An Ambitious Henry V Read Today in the Auditorium Is Appropriate for This Community and This Time

I just finished watching (over our cable network) Henry V read by a determined and to the point group of Collingtonians to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

What struck me most about the production was how much it came off — and this is important — as an adult play about the adult world.  It can be done (at some periods of history is it hard not to do it) as a triumphant and joyously imperialistic play.  It can be done as a tragically bitter play about the delusions and worship of power (how could  Branaugh not have done this is 1989 Thatcher England).

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