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The Attic Theatre, (next to Cox's Yard)
Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY

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Who is Henry V...

Posted on 9 April, 2017 at 14:05

John-Robert Partridge directs and performs as Henry himself in Tread the Boards highly rated production of Henry V.

John is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Tread the Boards Theatre Company. John graduated from Birmingham School of Acting with a first degree in Acting and winning 'The Brian Shelton Meritum'. Henry V is one of his all time favourite Kings and plays the part honourably.

***** "A magical and superb experience. We have seen Henry V many times and are regular visitors to the Globe in London and the performance in the Attic was up there with them. Bravo!" Trip advisor

***** "Yet again Tread the Boards have brought Shakespeare to life and made it comprehensible and exciting. All the actors were excellent, especially those playing more than one part. Mr Partridge created some spine tingling moments delivering the well known speeches. Think I will be going to see it again!" Tripadvisor

Henry V… what’s his story?

Henry V didn’t grow up with his father, he grew up as a hostage to King Richard II. This fateful situation occurred due to this father, Henry Bolingbroke being in open rebellion against King Richard. To ensure that Bolingbroke didn’t do anything to harm him, Richard took his young son, Henry V as hostage. Unlike today where the word hostage conjures up very unpleasant thoughts, Henry spent many years of his youth with Richard, hunting, shooting, fighting and learning court behaviours. Richard looked upon young Henry as a son, and Henry became very close with his captor.

When Henry IV claimed the throne and threw Richard in prison, the young Henry went to see Richard, not his father. As a teenager Henry displayed amazing powers of diplomacy and strong military leadership, which led him to be at the forefront of future civil wars. During which he was shot with an arrow through his face and required expert medical help to keep him alive and to heal the wound, a mark that would stay with him for the rest of his life.


When Henry V became King, he ascended to the throne with a country divided by civil war, the coffers of the monarchy were empty and the country was on its knees. Together with his advisors and the clergy they form a plan to retake France as his great grandfather had once done. Shakespeare depicts him as a low life in the history cycle having spent his time drinking and carousing with Sir John Falstaff and his entourage.


However, when ascending the throne he casts them off. In reality, Henry was always at his work, he was a diplomat, a scholar, a musician and a warrior, all of which he accomplished before he was 25. He is one off the greatest historical figures of all time and is remembered for his strength, diplomacy chivalry and guile during his campaign in France.


Henry V

By William Shakespeare, 30 March - 23 April 2017

The Attic Theatre, Cox's Yard, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY

Tickets: £15 (£12 Concession) + booking fee

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