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Re: NT Henry V
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1530  Tuesday, 29 July 2003

[1]     From:   Ben Spiller <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jul 2003 12:03:23 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1522 Henry V

[2]     From:   Kathy Dent <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jul 2003 13:25:54 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1522 Henry V

[3]     From:   Edmund Taft <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jul 2003 13:17:30 -0400
        Subj:   Henry V

[4]     From:   Lea Luecking Frost <
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        Date:   Monday, 28 Jul 2003 13:37:09 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1522 Henry V

[5]     From:   Junji Inoue <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003 17:56:36 +0900
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.1522 Henry V


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From:           Ben Spiller <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jul 2003 12:03:23 +0000
Subject: 14.1522 Henry V
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1522 Henry V

Yes, it is you, I'm afraid!  I saw the current NT *Henry V* over a month
ago and am still chewing over it now!  It is vital, urgent Shakespeare:
using him as a framework through which to begin to articulate thoughts
and feelings about the recent war in Iraq.

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From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jul 2003 13:25:54 +0100
Subject: 14.1522 Henry V
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1522 Henry V

Jan Pick writes:

>Why has no one noticed the killing of the Dauphin in the current Henry V
>at the National Theatre?  Why is he killed?

>Is it me?

No, Jan, it isn't you.  I also noticed this with puzzlement. And I was
equally puzzled by the fact that this production followed Branagh's film
in showing a chunk from Henry 4 to 'explain' Hal's relationship to
Falstaff.  Since the audience was laughing at the jokes BEFORE the
punchlines when I was there, I had to conclude that this was not an
ignorant audience who didn't know their way around Henry 5 (I can
forgive Branagh because he was clearly aiming at a different audience).

That said, Adrian Lester was outstanding.  Another argument in favour of
colourblind casting!

Kathy Dent

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From:           Edmund Taft <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jul 2003 13:17:30 -0400
Subject:        Henry V

Jan Pick asks,

>why are current productions of Shakespeare's plays so dumbed down
>and 'sexed up'?  I used to see productions with layers of complexity,
>now we're down to about two!  Entertaining theatre, but nothing to keep
>chewing on for weeks afterwards!

Actually, the younger generation prefers comic books. How about an
Action comic called "Henry V"? It could be modeled on, say, Sergeant
York and have lots of battles and a clear delineation between the good
guys and the bad guys.

Ed Taft

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From:           Lea Luecking Frost <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jul 2003 13:37:09 -0500
Subject: 14.1522 Henry V
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1522 Henry V

Jan Pick asked:

>Why has no one noticed the killing of the Dauphin in the
>current Henry V
>at the National Theatre?  Why is he killed?  It isn't
>Shakespeare and it
>destroys the next 20 years of English history!

It's certainly not in Shakespeare, but English (to say nothing of
French) history will manage nonetheless: the Dauphin who appears in
Henry V died in 1415, albeit not at Agincourt. It was his brother
Charles who became king and caused the English no end of headaches...

I suspect he's killed because he's an annoying prat, but it is an odd
production choice, nevertheless.

Regards,
Lea

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From:           Junji Inoue <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003 17:56:36 +0900
Subject: 14.1522 Henry V
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.1522 Henry V

I'd like to see the current Henry V at the NT in person, but being in
Far East I'm afraid I can't afford going there immediately.  Would
anyone tell me when and how and by whom the Dauphin is killed on the
stage?

Thanks in advance.

Junji

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