2009 - Henry V
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Studio 77 Amphitheatre, 77 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn

 

The 2009 Summer Shakespeare production team know about doing the Bard justice outdoors – between them they have been involved in over 15 Summer Shakespeares. Director David Lawrence, fresh from directing the runaway success Jane Eyre at the Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, re-unites with Production Manager Simon Vincent (producer and writer of A Renaissance Man). Producer Jacqueline Coats completes the formidable triumvirate spearheading what is arguably Shakespeare’s most exciting history play.

Henry V tells the story of a newly-crowned king waging war on an ‘enemy’ to promote nationalism in his disparate state…ring any bells? In our times of soaring oil prices and crunching credit, any diversion is welcome and in David Lawrence’s extremely pertinent new production we examine some of the motives behind Henry’s nationalism.

The main challenge facing any director of Henry V is how to convincingly create the battles. The 40-strong cast will serve to give the respective armies bulk, while internationally acclaimed fight choreographer Allan Henry (who also stars as The Constable) will give the armies grace and guts! The role of Henry will be played by Alex Greig, who has performed many of Shakespeare’s more interesting roles, (Edmund, Laertes, Bottom, Romeo) and is looking forward with relish to creating this English Hero. Rehearsals kick-off next week where Alex and Allan are joined by a talented cast of young and old. This show is not to be missed; it will be unlike anything you have ever seen!

PRODUCTION TEAM 

 

Director David Lawrence

Producer Jacqueline Coats

Production Manager Simon Vincent

Fight Choreographer Allan Henry

Stage Manager Lori Leigh

Assistant Stage Manager Brooke Smith-Harris

Costume Design Katherine Beijeman & Felicity Bunny

Set Design Karin Reinholt

Lighting Design Rebecca Wilson

Lighting Operator Melanie Duncan

Crew Angie Hagan & Jasmine Chan-Hyams

Media Design Santa’s Little Helper

CAST

The Chorus Alison Walls

King Henry Alex Greig

Duke of Exeter (the King’s uncle) Jonny Potts

Earl of Westmorland Victoria Morgan

Duke of Gloucester (the King’s brother) Fiona McNamara

Duke of Bedford (the King’s brother) Alisha Tyson

Duke of York (the King’s cousin) Blair Everson

Duke of Salisbury Brooke Smith-Harris

Captain Fluellen Chris Smith

Captain Gower Bailey McCormack

Sir Thomas Erpingham Tony Catford

Michael Williams Daniel Watterson

John Bates Victoria Morgan

Alexander Court Alisha Tyson

The Archbishop of Canterbury David Goldthorpe

The Bishop of Ely James Barber

Pistol Jackson Coe

Nym Jack O’Donnell

Bardolph Benyamin Albert

Nell Quickly Amelia Willcox

The Boy Jessica Aaltonen

Sir John Falstaff Tony Catford

Richard, Earl of Cambridge Daniel Watterson

Henry, Lord Scroop of Masham Kirsty Bruce

Thomas Grey, Knight of Northumberland Thomas Horder

King Charles VI of France Michael Brady

Queen Isabel Suzie Evans

Prince Louis, the Dauphin Alex Rabina

Princess Katherine Alison Walls

Alice (maid to Katherine) Louise Burston

Charles Delabreth, High Constable of France Allan Henry

Montjoy the Herald Hannah McKie

Duke of Orleans Blair Everson

Earl of Rambures Kirsty Bruce

Earl of Grandpre Brooke Smith-Harris

Duke of Bourbon Eleanor Stewart

Duke of Bretagne Alisha Tyson

Duke of Burgundy Laura Feslier

Monsieur Le Fer Cathy Gamba

Governor of Harfleur Tony Catford

Earl of Foix Byron Abbey

Dogs on Tuesday

Drums – Alex Rabina

Violin – Eleanor Stewart

Saxophone – Jackson Coe

Trumpet – David Goldthorpe

Trombone – James Barber

Bass – Blair Everson

Guitar – David Lawrence, Benyamin Albert, Daniel Watterson

Flute – Katherine Beijeman

Recorder – Jack O’Donnell

Vocals – Jonny, Dan, Louise, Laura, Eleanor