October 21, 2011
The Hampden-Sydney College Department of Fine Arts fall production, Henry V, one of William Shakespeare's greatest histories, opens on Thursday, November 3. The history of Henry the Fifth of England has been delighting audiences since the early 1600s, and its messages of brotherhood, patriotism, and leadership still ring true today.
The play centers on the young king and his war against the French, the stakes of which are none other than the crown of France itself. The audience is allowed to glimpse not only the perspective of the king, but also the lives of the French nobility, the English commoners, and the soldiers involved in the campaign. In the conflict involved in the famous Battle of Agincourt, director Shirley Kagan uses a period style setting and production to show how the English "Band of Brothers" was able, against all odds, to claim victory against France.
The cast and crew of this production come from various backgrounds, and include students and faculty from Hampden-Sydney and Longwood University. The set and lighting were designed by Fine Arts professor Matt Dubroff.
Performances are Thursday & Friday, November 3 & 4, and Thursday & Friday, November 10 & 11, at 8 PM in Johns Auditorium. All performances are free and open to the public. For reservations or information, call 434-223-6266.