Henry V, written in 1599, covers the events during the Hundred Years’ War, immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415).
Soon after becoming king, Henry is considering making a claim to rule France as well as England. He asks the Archbishop of Canterbury about the strength of his claim but decides to invade France upon receiving an insulting message from Lewis, the Dauphin.
The king's former companions from his days in the Eastcheap tavern hear of the death of Sir John Falstaff from Hostess Quickly. They take their leave of her and set out to join Henry's army.
In France, despite the Dauphin's insistence that Henry is an unworthy opponent, the French king receives the English ambassadors but finally rejects Henry's claim to the crown. Henry's soldiers take the town of Harfleur.
Meanwhile, as her father gets his nobles ready to retaliate, Princess Katherine begins to learn English with the help of her companion, Alice. The English soldiers are in poor condition - disheartened by sickness and foul weather. They begin to retreat, but Henry rejects the French Herald's offer of ransom and the two armies prepare to fight.
The evening before the ultimate Battle of Agincourt, Henry tours the camp in disguise, finding out what his men think. It leads him to consider the heavy responsibilities of kingship. In the French camp, by contrast, confidence is high. As battle begins, Henry rallies his troops and places them all in God's hands.
An English victory is confirmed, with miraculously small losses. As part of the subsequent treaty, Henry woos and wins Katherine to ensure the linking of the two countries through marriage.
Karen Kessler - Director
Jeffrey D. Kmiec - Scenic Designer
Kathy Logelin - Vocal Coach
Brandon McWilliams - Costume Designer
Dan Ozminkowski - Lighting Designer
Tony Reimer - Sound Designer
John Tovar - Fight Director
Lori Adams - Queen of France
Annemarie Alaniz - MacMorris
Robert Gerard Anderson - Fluellen
Dee Dee Batteast - Montjoy/Chorus
Trevor Baty - Bates
Kelsey Busboom - Alice/York
Quetta Carpenter - Exeter
Jordan Coughtry - King Henry V
Marcus Cunningham - Williams
Kelsey Fisher-Waits - Quickly/Orleans
Katherine Fried - Cambridge
Jack Hradecky - Bedford
Christopher Jenkins - Westmoreland
David Krostal - Bardolph
Anthony Martinez - Burgundy/Gray/French Soldier
Owen McGee - Boy
Kevin McKillip - Pistol
Abraham Ntonya - Dauphin
Thomas Anthony Quinn - King of France/Archbishop
Xavier Roe - Scroop/Gower
Drew Vidal - Constable of France/Bishop
Asa Wallace - Gloucester
Steven Young - Nym
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by Marcia Weiss