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Theatre & Film

Classical Theatre Company Presents Henry V

Smart, new production features a female actor in the lead role!



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Houston's Classical Theatre Company (CTC) opens its 2015-16 season with one of William Shakespeare's greatest history plays, Henry V. Based on the life of the historical king of England who reigned from 1413 to his death in 1422, the play focuses specifically on events surrounding the Battle of Agincourt (1415) one of the most famous battles of the Hundred Years’ War waged between England and France for control of the Kingdom of France.

Shakespeare had introduced Prince Harry, the man who would become King Henry V, in two earlier plays, Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, in which the prince is portrayed as something of a ne'er do well hanging out in taverns with the likes of Sir John Falstaff.

Bree Welch (l) and Julia Traber (2) from Classical Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V

In Henry V, Harry is now king and is faced, early in his reign, with having to lead the English against the French in northern France. The new king is still trying to put his past behind him and grow into the role of monarch.

Julia Traber directed CTC's production of Henry V, which runs through November 1st, and Bree Welch plays Henry V. They talk with Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn about this great play.